"So, now, faith, hope, and love remain, these three; and, of them, love is the greatest."
These gracious words, a verbal triad or trinity, appear at the end of the "love chapter" in the Bible (1 Corinthians 13).
And, they address greatest and deepest needs of the human heart: to be loved, to be accepted, and for meaning and purpose in life. Again, another trinity.
This is what this website is about, these 3.
Love = the Greatest of these
Have you experienced this?
Many of us have experienced an over the top love. Whether a mother's love, that of a father, for a child, or fiance. The reality is that kind of love spawns that kind of love: it is contagious. "We love because He first loved us." It is when we see the extent of God's love for us that real love for Him is born, in return. Wherever God's love is misrepresented in our hearts, that ultimate love of God for us is short-circuited. And our love for Him is miscarried. An example of this miscarriage of God's love are our mistaken thoughts that we have to do things to earn His love. God's love for us is all of grace. "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work."
With God, love is not something He does, so that He can simply not do it sometimes. No, love is. All of the notable lovers of God in church history have realized, first, of God's incalculable love for them. Then as a result, they loved God to an extent that we may often wonder at. Then, as an outflow of those two great rivers, they loved all men and women, in a way that mirrors God's love. (Because of grace, God's love is free, and brings glory to Him alone.)
In that love is a very blessed place to live! Brother Andrew is notable among these lovers of God. Brother Andrew was in constant, conscious communion with God whether in worship, or washing dishes; it was all the same in his experience of God's presence.
There are others that I wish to introduce to you, for your learning, for your growth in the love of God.
We can learn best from the scriptures about this divine love for us. But, Brother Andrew and Bernard can help us understand it, and put these things into practice.
Check our store for some classic christian writings, and for new ones as well.
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In the Most Famous book in the world...
In the most famous chapter in The Bible...
the "Love Chapter"
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 These three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
Yes, this is where we took our name.
these 3 - faith, hope, and love
The one thing I hope that you can find here, is something that will endure for your lifetime, and even beyond. There is one thing I hope you discover. Or, at least that you become curious enough to pursue. And that is that you come to know of the wild, untamed, extravagant love that God has lavished on us because of the perfect work of Christ for us.
Ephesians reveals God's love unlimited!
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth." Ephesians 1:7-10
When Jesus burst upon the human scene, this love He brought from heaven was unknown on the earth. And today, it is largely that way still. Look how he embraced the leper! Christ was one with downcast, the poor, the rejected, outcasts of society. Yet, when He returned to heaven, his early disciples continued a corporate life of this divine love for earth-bound neighbors. This is what we desire to recapture.
The Practice of the Presence of God
Brother Andrew's 17th century classic, now updated for the modern reader. It is short, its simple, and it is profoundly heart warming. In very simple terms Brother Andrews leads us successively into a more and more full experience of the presence of God. He helps us understand what hinders us in growing in it. And he leads us, in grace, deeper yet.
As Hudson Taylor often quoted, as in Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret, By Howard Taylor:
"The Lord Jesus received is holiness begun; the Lord Jesus cherished is holiness advancing; the Lord Jesus counted upon as never absent would be holiness complete..."
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