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Friday, July 8, 2011

LOC FAF Persue Love


Fridays come around so quickly and Friday means it is time for faith Art Friday at Layers of ColorThis week I am sneaking in a little sneak peek but more about that further down the post.

I was inspired to create this page for my Paper Bag Album when reading 1 Corinthians - The Love Chapter 
'If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love,
 I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophecies, and know all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I give out all my goods, and if I deliver my body that I be burned,
 but I do not have love, I am not profited anything.
Love has patience, is kind; love is not envious; love is not vain, is not puffed up;
does not behave indecently, does not pursue its own things,
 is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth.
Love quietly covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things. Love never fails.
 But if there are prophecies, they will be caused to cease;
 if tongues, they shall cease; if knowledge, it will be caused to cease.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;
but when the perfect thing comes, then that which is in part will be caused to cease.
When I was an infant, I spoke as an infant, I thought as an infant,
I reasoned as an infant. But when I became a man,
 I caused to cease the things of the infant.

For now we see through a mirror in dimness, but then face to face.
 Now I know in part, but then I will fully know even as I also was fully known.

And now faith, hope, and love, these three things remain;
but the greatest of these is love.'
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
This chapter is often read at weddings and beautifullycaptures Love - what it is and therefore showing us what it isn't.  I cannot read this scripture without seeing 'pursue love' - this is something that that requires action on our part.

This '1 Corinthians Love' is not all about emotion, although emotions are certainly a part of who we are, but this love is all about commitment and doing - yes, it would seem it is a verb!!  Pursuing love indicates that when it cannot be felt or found, we are to 'go after it'  This is one of those things that is not always easy to do - it would seem to me that if we have to pursue it, we are definitely not 'feeling it!'

Thankfully God knows that we are not capable of being all loving all of the time, life brings us challenges that test us and stretch us....He is talking about His love - that is there for us.  God's love has no limited and bounds, it is not conditional, indeed it is unconditional and freely flows for us today as powerfully as it did the day that God sent His Son into the World to save us - I don't know about you, but if there is love like that in this world - then I want it.

I pray that today, that we will all be aware of Gods unconditional love, for us and flowing through us!!  May we pursue love, the Love of God and love for one another - it is in loving this way that all men will know what we are His disciples - by having love, one for another!  God bless you!

 I have used Layers of Color The Love Chapter and the New Release Artful Encouragement art stamp sets, along with Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Fleur de Lis Rectangle Nestibilitie and EK Ticketed Punch.
This project is for the following challenges:
Stamp Insanity - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Lace
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Use Something from Your Stash - Lace, DP
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Use at Least Two Words in Your Sentiment
Little Miss Muffett Challenges - Anything But a Card
Crafts and Me - Favourite Stamp/ Image
Jac-Inks Papercraft Challenges - Die Cuts Plus Texture - texture from embossing
Oldie But a Goodie - Must Use Stamp Over 6 months Old - Anything Goes
PartyTime Tuesdays - Anthing Goes - Square Cards
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12 comments:

  1. Linda this is fabulous - both the card and the scripture and your thoughts :-) I needed the reminder.
    Blessings
    M

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  2. Just beautiful Linda!!! Love the card and love more the words you shared! Thanks for the inspiration today! So true... love is a choice and a verb!!! Have a great weekend!
    hugs,
    Grace

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  3. I treasure your thoughts and reflections on scripture, Linda. Thank you for blessing us with your heart and your art!

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  4. What a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments.

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  5. What a great page for your album. Love the lace accent!!Thanks for entering the Art Impressions Challenge.
    Barbara - Art Impressions DT

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  6. A gorgeous creation Linda, so pretty. Thank you for joining in the Little Miss Muffet 'Anything but a card' challenge. hugs Donna x

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  7. Super project Linda and very inspiring, love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenges.
    Hugs Shirley x x

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  8. Oh wow Linda! This is just stunning. I love the colours. Beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at CCT this week,
    Hugs Kylie xx
    (Ps - I haven't forgotten to call you back! Things have been flat out, chat soon, Hugs xx)

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  9. Wow! So gorgeous! Love the colors and the pop of red is wonderful. thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
    Hugs,
    Julie

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  10. Linda, what an absolutely beautiful card! Great colors, design, everything!! So glad you were able to join us at Aud Sentiments!
    Hugs,
    Denise

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  11. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Great card!

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  12. Ah ha another album in the making. Can't wait to see it IRL. The lovely bright colours make this look a little like Christmas too - a favourite time of the year. Thanks for joining us at jac-inks challenges, and for your continued support. Hugs.

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