Posts Tagged ‘love’

I Believe

I believe in Jesus and

the gospel of grace

It’s the light in this world and

gives strength in this race

I believe he’ll change hearts and

free us these chains

Bring us thru tears and

storms when it rains

I believe in God’s mercy and

His unfailing love

How He’s always beside me and

His guidance is from love

I believe in Jesus and

He’s faithful to forgive

How He changed my heart and

points me in the right direction to live

I believe in God’s Word and

how His Truth changes lives

It points us to right choices

where each believer can thrive

I believe in Jesus and

His unending reign

My home is in heaven

where there’s no tears and no pain

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved 2017

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This is the season for thanks we do give
Because grace from our Savior we get to live
He set a path before us when He counted the cost
Christ made a way for the sinner when He died on the cross

This is the season for grace that we don’t spare
It gives way to love and show that we care
He set a path before us when He counted the cost
Christ made a way for the sinner when he died for the lost

This is the season our mercy we must show
It comes from the gifts of the Spirit that we give as we grow
Christ set a path before us when He counted the cost
He made a way for the sinner when He died on the cross

Christ showed us the way that we must live
It’s our words and actions that shows that He lives
Christ set a path before us when He counted the cost
He made a way for the sinner when He died for the lost

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

To get love in this life
We have to start by seeking Christ
We ask Him to forgive our sin
Then His Spirit comes and lives within
We have to let Him change our heart
He will break our chains apart
We let His Spirit be our guide
His Word we will abide

To get joy in our walk
We have to do more than talk
We have to turn from our evil ways
Then walk with Him all our days
The Spirit convicts us of our sin
As we learn to walk with Him
We get to serve our fellow man
As we get used in Gods plan

It’s His peace we want to seek
As we learn to trust Him when we’re weak
Our faith gets tested in our trials
Tho’ we lean on Him all the while
It’s His love that pulls us through
When we’re lost and don’t know what to do
His peace comes when we trust
Although obedience is a must
Christ will never leave our side
Because He loves us both deep and wide

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Judge not lest you be judged
Are the words of God who loves

Judge me not what you see
For I judge not what you be

For if you judge what I am
This judgement could be a sham

God’s Word tells us not to judge
This could cause to have a grudge

If I judge and hurt ones heart
How can I live set apart

God commands for all to love
If we do this we how can we judge

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Has your heart been hurt so bad

That you just cry and weep

Tears show more than you’re sad

They makes you wail and weep

 

Your tears stream down

On your face

You want to wear a frown

 

The pain you must carry

You feel you must bear

It belongs to Him

You know you must share

 

The burden is heavy

His yoke is light

He wants to help you

He wants your fight

 

He will carry your burden

He carried His Cross

He came to redeem you

So no longer you will be lost

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

EPHESIANS 5:25-28

25. Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26. to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27. And to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy as blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29. After all, no one has ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church 30. For we are members of his body. 31. “For this reason a man leaves his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32. This is a profound mystery but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33. However each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect the husband.

This passage in Ephesians 5 has 3 parts to it. It starts out first to the wives, then to the husbands and the in chapter 6 to the children. This also is the message to the families in which is a picture of Christ’s church. In which is the message that was delivered to the body of Christ where I am called to serve.

Now I must remind you that I have no Biblical education so in illustrating what these verses are saying, I will use a little of myself as an example and will be putting the meaning in my own words as I understood what I heard. We first heard open your Bibles and take notes. I looked around and wonder how many men took notes, also I witnessed many women with note pads taking notes. Not that that matters much, other than I didn’t take notes and relied on my wife. I say this because for me I rely way too much on my wife to do way to much, more than she is called to do as my wife. But then again in line with her calling she is not being idle.

I can’t put an exact number on this but in the church today more than 51% of marriages end in divorce, in which mine was almost a victim. I think in line with this passage we have to examine why. The reasons why my marriage almost ended in divorce is purely because of my selfish love. In this I was on a collision course heading for a train wreck. I am often pursuing my own selfish gains and thereby leaving out the needs of my wife. I will admit and she will testify that this is not always the case, however it is enough that it leaves us both unsatisfied. I also have to admit that my pursuit to know God is not enough. Meaning that it has to not be just enough, my pursuit to know God and being a Godly man needs to be the priority in my life. Not to pursue God for what He can do for me or/and what I can get from Him. My God doesn’t carry around a magic wand for me to wish upon a star please fix my problems. No my prayers should consist of Lord you have saved me by your grace, Lord I submit my life to you. For you to mold me, shape me into the likeness of Christ, transform me and my mind with your Word so that my life will be a pleasing sight unto you Father God. I think that the reasons for a lot of divorces are because as men, leaders of our families we are pursuing the wrong things, in the wrong ways and thereby are not pursuing God enough and our wives.

Gentlemen we have to ask ourselves in the directive of this Scripture; How does Christ love the church? He came and PURSUED her!! He has never stopped and he is still pursuing us today! Let us examine what it means to pursue. To actively go after. Take a female lion that has to feed her young, she will do whatever it takes to catch her prey. Or Take a police officer that’s chasing a criminal, they will stop at no expense in getting their guy. Now lets look at God we deserve to die because of sin, God put his own Son on a cross to redeem his creation and Christ is still actively pursuing us today, to save us, then to help us walk closely with Him. God gave us His Word for us to pursue and know Him. What lengths will you/me go to pursue a relationship with God? Men what lengths will we go to pursue our wives. Now I understand that it’s more than just pursuing. And so we are clear LOVE is not and emotion, It’s an action. There is an emotional element to it, but it’s what we do, it’s who God is and who we are to be also. I didn’t come up with this, our youth pastor explained to me. And then read 1 JOHN which says God is Love, then turn to 1 CORINTIANS 13 and it says what Love and what God is. Father God as your bride help me to love you and my wife as you love the church. In Jesus Name Amen….

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

When we are flooded with things that cause strife

Faith, Hope and Love are the cornerstones of life

Faith is being sure of what we Hope for

This is the Christian virtue that is at our core

Faith is being certain of what we can not see

Trusting in Christ to provide salvation for thee

Hope is knowing that Christ will come again

That will be the day when our troubles will surely end

Of all these the greatest is Love

Christ is the cornerstone sent from Heaven above

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and 2012