His Banner Over Me Is Love

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:4 KJV

heart-978040_640.png This month thousands, if not millions, will be spent on gifts just to say three little words. I. LOVE. YOU.

Nothing is wrong with that. Go ahead. Take a moment to bake that decadent dessert, cook that special dinner. Prepare that special moment. Do whatever it takes to assure them of your love. C’mon they deserve it!

As I thought about the posts this month, I went in search of articles, books, and songs about love. One particular story caught my attention as I connected certain elements of the story with truths in my own life.

Sin’s Story

The tale of The Black Bull of Norroway is the story of a prince and a poor young girl. Like Cinderella, the girl is enslaved by an unkind woman.

I was once a slave to sin cruelly misused by the enemy of my soul.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1: 15

Salvation’s story

When the prince comes home from battle with a blood stained shirt, he declares the maid who can remove the blood stains will be his wife—true love.

After the unkind washerwoman and her daughters try to remove the stains, the shirt is given to the young girl for her to remove the stain.

In the story, only one could remove the blood stains. In my story, only One could remove my sin stains.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:14

True Love

hot-chocolate-his-banner-over-me-is-loveThe central theme of God’s story, my story—your story and the Black Bull of Norroway is Love. However, in this life, love is often interrupted by many circumstances. We may become cynical toward this thing called love. But there is one love that never changes. God’s love for us. He is love.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

God is love. 1 John 4:16

His love is strong enough to bind up wounds, heal broken hearts, and set captives free. I pray you have experienced His life-changing love. If not, I encourage you to do so today! You won’t be disappointed!

If you have experienced His life-changing love, take the time to celebrate His love!

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A World of Difference

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13

This past weekend, we decided to visit one of our favorite restaurants. Hubby ordered the hamburger steak. I ordered chicken and dumplings. And, Lulu ordered chicken fried chicken. Yummy! However, when the food arrived, the dumplings were not light and airy, but thick and doughy. Ugh!

Tired and ready for home, I decided to choose the best and leave the rest. But the waitress walked over and asked about the dumplings. When I hesitated, she grabbed my plate and said, “I didn’t like the way they looked in the first place. But I was going to let you decide. Then, I was going to say something. But, I couldn’t stand it any longer.”

I immediately liked this woman. She was animated…and loud. A character not easily forgotten.

After bringing another plate to the table, she waited for my response. I told her the second plate was a little better. Then, she announced they had a new cook.

Ah. That explained it, right? 🙂

With my problem somewhat resolvedsalt-791655_1280, I asked Lulu about her chicken.

“I can’t tell if it’s the breading or the gravy. Something isn’t right.”

Wanting to make it right, I reached across the table, speared a piece, and tasted. Hmmm. Easy fix.

“It needs salt.”

Lulu looked skeptical.

I reached for the salt and gave it a few shakes. “Stir and taste.”

She still wasn’t convinced but decided to give it a try, anyway. Afterwards, she grinned and said, “A world of difference.”

“Isn’t it amazing what a little salt can do?”

She nodded, chewing another piece.

As I watched her enjoying the meal, I thought of all the problems in the world. Some are an easy fix. All that is needed is salt. While others are like the thick and doughy dumplings. Only a seasoned expert can create the needed solution.

Jesus said WE are the salt of the earth. Too much salt makes food inedible. Not enough salt makes it tasteless. But the right amount of salt makes food palatable and produces a desire for more.

Our witness can make a world of difference. The rest we leave in God’s capable hands and pray.

How would you describe your witness? Inedible, tasteless, or perfectly seasoned? How would others describe you?

 

 

He’s Not Finished Yet

Disease. Unclean. Ostracized over a decade. Diagnosis: Incurable. With nowhere else to turn, she made her way to Jesus. When she touched His garment, she was healed. (Mark 5)

Question: “Who touched me?”

Answer: “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

Takeaway: Jesus is my Great Physician. He has the last word.

 

They had answered His call. Now, they were in a storm. The waves crashed around them unleashing fear and doubt. With nowhere else to turn, they came to Jesus. (Mark 4)

Question: “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”

Answer: “Peace, be still.”

Takeaway: Obedience doesn’t guarantee a storm-free life. Jesus can speak to my storm

He's Not Finished Yet

The charge, adultery. The penalty, death. To her accusers, she was a lost cause. With nowhere else to turn, she looked to Jesus. (John 8)

Question: “Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?”

Answer: “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Takeaway: When the world sees a throwaway, Jesus sees a soul in need.

 

He was a brother. Loved by two sisters. Death had claimed him. Four days in a grave. With nowhere else to turn, they waited for Jesus. (John 11)

Question: “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

Answer: Lazarus, come forth.

Takeaway: Death will come. But I will rise again!

 

Whether we are facing disease, emotional trauma, a sin-sick soul, or death, one thing is sure. Until we stand face to face with Him, it’s not over. Have faith. He’s not finished, yet!