Hi Church Family!
This is Karen Lytle here from the worship team. First of all, it is a privilege and an honor to be able to be part of such a great family and look out on a Sunday morning and see you praising the Lord through music. At the beginning of this year, I was listening for God’s whisper for our team’s vision. I was a bit discouraged one Sunday morning and focused on all the details of the day instead of what my purpose is as a follower of Christ. I read in my devotions that we are created to praise God (Love God) and love people. It is as simple as that! It was such a relief to not have to “strive” for other things.
I recently went to the beach and was gazing out at the ocean. It is so vast and seems so out of control to us but God has it in perfect control. I heard Him say, “Love uncontrollably”. I John 4:18 says, there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.
As an imperfect person, I’ve already been tested with how and who I’m going to love. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart
(1 Sam. 16:7). He even asks us to love our enemies (Matt 5:44)! I want to love more like Christ, without trying to control who it may be; no matter what they may have said or done. A question that I put up in my kitchen to remind me is “Who have I loved today?” I ask you the same question. Who can you love today? Let’s love uncontrollably and point others to Him.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 says, be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.
Blessings to all of you. Love in Christ,