I’ll Love You Forever (Day 3 of “God Action” series)

I was listening to the song  “I’ll Love You Forever” by John Elefante on Amazon Music and this goes along really well with what I want to share next in this “God Action” series. Although this is day 3 it stands on its own so if you didn’t read day 1 & 2 this is not incomplete.

Here is the song on Youtube:

Consistant, faithful, persistent love literally goes a long way.

Perhaps you, like me, have some older person that is, or in the past now has been, an example of love in your life. 

I’m talking about someone that you can look back at and recall how they not only loved you at one point in your life but always showed you love. A person who has known you for years & years and watched you grow up, mature and go through awkward, silly and down right freaky fazes and fads, yet never stopped showing you love with more than just their words, with time and an active practice and heavy dose of patience.

Think for a moment, picture them in your mind (it may be someone no longer with us here on earth -a grand parent, neighbor, elderly person you met at church).

 Got it? Got them in your mind right now?

See if what I am writing describes them…do these few words ring a bell in describing their character:

  • Firm bit not overbearing
  • Loving
  •  Joyful
  • Peaceful
  •  Patient 
  • Kind
  •  Good 
  • Faithful
  •  Gentel 
  • Self-controlled

Notice those descriptive words are all actions or describing someone’s ACTION.

The last few were actually taken from Gal. 5 (The fruit of The Spirit) …”But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NLT

http://bible.com/116/gal.5.22-23.NLT

They were bearing the fruit of God’s Spirit. They were living it out in their actions, not just words. They practiced what they preached. The seed of God grew in them & equipped them to be like that.

 Recall those people who, through thick and thin, good and bad, stuck with you, had your back & lifted you up when you fell, rather than stepping on you while you were down.

BECAUSE that person was faithful, consistent and persistent we knew that we were loved. 

They didn’t just love us during our baby years then stop loving us during our teen years. 

They didn’t stop hugging and kissing and holding our hands, even when it was embarrassing in front of our peers. 

Not only this but they were one of the few who didn’t constantly bring up regrets of our past everytime we’d go back to see them (visit). 

It may only be 1 or maybe 2 people that you can mark as this type of person. It is rare.

It is one thing to love a baby who doesn’t talk back & you have to show love & care for and yet another thing to show love to a teen who says,

 “I HATE YOU!!!!!”

………………

The verses above our key verse for this series says, “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2 ESV

http://bible.com/59/1jn.3.2.ESV

God is not finished with us and He is not finished with others. He will finish what He started and He will perfect it but it is a process.

Plant a tree and water it but don’t think you can make it grow, especially over night.

Love in action takes time and it takes God’s timing not ours (Is. 55).

Don’t expect great, drastic changes right away after 1 day of listening or studying God’s word or hearing some amazing message from some Biblical preacher. 

Growing and maturing Spiritually takes time & experiences (sometimes through very harsh and difficult situation & circumstances we some how live through).

In the very beginning of the song above John Elefante sings: There are times when silence is golden

There are times when words are misunderstood
There are times we can’t abort our feelings
I’ll shed light on the truth, regardless of my shame

And when all is said and done
There is only an audience of one
And all that I long to hear
Familiar and ever so clear
When you say these words to me…

I’ll love you forever

You see, God’s love isn’t a one night stand. God’s love is not a date. God’s love isn’t a one stop shopping trip where you just pick up a few things from a trip or get from going to a church altar or retreat at some camp or resort weekend. 


Christ not only gave us a

definition

of love but He gave us a

demonstration

of love.

When we are in a love relationship with Him we realize that He doesn’t break up with us or divorce us, even when we are not faithul. He sticks it out with us, like the example He gives us in Hosea. 👈this may shock your sox off.

I personally have not always been faithful with showing true love, sticking with it even when I feel like the one I love isn’t demonstrating love; however, God does and in Him we can learn to also. Rather than living a life out of love with God and therefore out of love with others we can remain in love.

Now, a few more verse down in 1 John 3 we hear: No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:9 ESV

http://bible.com/59/1jn.3.9.ESV

And then we hear “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”, in 1 John 3 verse 11 ESV

http://bible.com/59/1jn.3.11.ESV

Then, just above this main verse that is the focus in this series (1John 3:18) starting at verse 14 we hear: If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:14‭-‬16 NLT

http://bible.com/116/1jn.3.14-16.NLT

Jesus brought this up. He said, “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’  But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

Jesus says,

You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.  If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.  If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.  Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”

Jesus says, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.  If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.  If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.  But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:21‭-‬22‭, ‬38‭-‬48 NLT)

http://bible.com/116/mat.5.21-48.NLT

Going back to the song I used at the beginning of this post…it all comes down to realizing how faithfully God has loved us (His patients). We may see that in others, we may be that example to someone, but when it all boils down God tells us and shows us how much He loves us and it is Him and Him only that matters. 

Our focus & fixation need be only on Him in a one on one relationship. Not living a certain way just in an attempt or trying to please others but to just please Him (an audience of one) and if we can do that then others will be pleased as well, or may hate us but only because they hated Him.

The full lyrics to “I’ll Love You Forever”: 

There are times when silence is golden

There are times when words are misunderstood


There are times we can’t abort our feelings


I’ll shed light on the truth, regardless of my shame

And when all is said and done
There is only an audience of one
And all that I long to hear
Familiar and ever so clear
When you say these words to me…

I’ll love you forever
I’ll love you until time marries you
I’ll be there to hold you when you fall

And in a moment I will be waiting
And in a moment You will be there
I belong to what’s true and what’s loving
I belong to You without a care

And maybe when I don’t hear You
It doesn’t mean that I’m not listening
Your words will go straight to my heart
Familiar and oh so clear
When You say these words to me…

I’ll love you forever
I’ll love you until time marries you
I’ll be there to hold you when you fall

You hear when I call out loud
You hear when I call in silence
And here I stand center stage
With You alone as my audience
You’ve heard my every song
So don’t make me wait too long
Till I hear You say again, I love you

I’ll love you forever
I’ll love you until time marries you
I’ll be there to hold you when you fall

Songwriters: John Elefante / Paul Rogers

I’ll Love You Forever lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


Lyric video, completely different arrangment but with the same lyrics:

 https://youtu.be/WD4foREkBQ4

https://g.co/kgs/tf5Upk

In conclusion for today’s post, those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives (present tense/currently) in us. 1 John 3:24 NLT

http://bible.com/116/1jn.3.24.NLT

May we keep letting God love us and in doing so be able to keep showing love to others.

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