Sunday, May 31, 2015

You are the One our hearts adore...

artwork by Kimberly Simmons
Kimberly Simmons' beautiful work of art, which exudes such colorful expressions of love, reminds me of the way we love and adore our Savior and our Lord Jesus Christ, from Ephesians 1:15-17…


Amplified: For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (the people of God), I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

NLT: Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

Phillips: Since, then, I heard of this faith of yours in the Lord Jesus and the practical way in which you are expressing it towards fellow-Christians, I thank God continually for you and I never give up praying for you; and this is my prayer. That God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the all-glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of him: that you may receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make you realize how great is the hope to which he is calling you—the magnificence and splendor of the inheritance promised to Christians—and how tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God.

Wuest: On account of this, I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you and of your love to all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you as I constantly make mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the glory, might give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the sphere of a full knowledge of Him.

Young’s Literal: Because of this I also, having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and the love to all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the recognition of him.

Such love, expressed so passionately in this new hymn by Bethel Music, Jesus, We Love You, Old things have passed away,Your love has stayed the same, Your constant grace remains the cornerstone, Things that we thought were dead, Are breathing in life again, You cause your Son to shine on darkest nights, For all that you’ve done we will pour out our love, This will be our anthem song, Jesus we love you, Oh how we love You, You are the One our hearts adore, Our hearts adore, We adore You, The hopeless have found their hope, The orphans now have a home, All that was lost has found its place in You, You lift our weary head, You make us strong instead, You took these rags and made us beautiful, Our affection, our devotion poured out on the feet of Jesus...

A word study of love from Ephesians 1:15...love (agape) in the Greek classics spoke of a love called out of one's heart by the preciousness of the object loved. This is the idea inherent in the Father's proclamation, "This is My beloved Son..." Agape is the love that was shown at Calvary. Agape is God's love and is the love that God is. It is not human affection, but is a divine love, self-sacrificial in nature, seeking the benefit of the one who is loved. The degree of the preciousness is measured by the infinite sacrifice which God made. The love in John 3:16 is a love whose essence is that of self-sacrifice for the benefit of the one loved, this love based upon an evaluation of the preciousness of the one loved...Oh Jesus, We Love You, Oh how we love You, You are the One our hearts adore, Our hearts adore...

Previous posts from Ephesians Chapter One...

Ephesians 1:3-4

Ephesians 1:5-6

Ephesians 1:7


Ephesians1:9-10

Ephesians 1:13-14
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43 comments:

  1. 'Adore, Love', these words are sweet reminders of His Faithfulness.
    How are you Beth? Happy New Month to you.
    God Bless

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    1. Thank you, Ifeoma, you are such a sweet encourager ❤️

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  2. Beth,
    I am following you from Playdates. Great reading the Scripture from different versions. Praying for a spirit of wisdom and revelation.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. Janis, thank you so much, many blessings to you ❤️

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  3. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing these different versions. Love it!

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    1. Shawna, thank you for your encouraging words, many blessings to you ❤️

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  4. He is the One our hearts adore. Yes! I haven't heard the Bethel song...listening now and enjoying the worship. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Lisa...love the sweet rock-a-bye rhythm of "Jesus, We Love You"...so soothing, peaceful, and worshipful ❤️

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  5. There is always such inspiration in your words and I love how you tied the painting into your message. You remind us to always give thanks and to never stop praying today. I will carry this message with me throughout this week. Blessings and peace!

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    1. Thank you, Mary, your words are so encouraging to me ❤️ Many blessings to you ❤️

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  6. Reminds me of when Christ asked Peter three times "Do you love me?" I love your take on Ephesians. Blessed to be neighbors at SDG.

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  7. Beth, I love this idea about getting the full wisdom of God. I so deeply want the mysteries and the insights of his truth to be made known to me. There is power here. Love this and it so encourages me. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

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    1. Kelly, your affirming and encouraging words are a blessing to me and so many others...many blessings to you ❤️

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  8. The book of Ephesians, one of my favorites. I always come away with a different take on it that makes it so relevant to what I'm facing. Great content here.

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    1. Michelle, when I began my first post recently from Ephesians I had no idea the Lord would lead me to continue to post a weekly series of word studies, but I have truly enjoyed each step of the journey...many blessings to you ❤️

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  9. Love that Phillips talks about the practical way. Makes me want to look for some hands on adoration practices today, Beth!

    What a wonderful way to start this day. I hope these hours shine for you!

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    1. Linda, I so agree with you...thank you so much for stopping by with your always encouraging words...many blessings to you ❤️

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  10. Good morning, Beth! We are neighbors on #CoffeeForYourHeart. I have never seen your blog before so I'm excited to meet a new friend. I love Ephesians and love what you are doing here with the different versions.

    Oh, that we could have the wisdom to and perfect knowledge. We will one day, won't we? But for now, we just keep pressing on and reminding each other of the truth and studying to show ourselves approved. I think my favorite here is reading that Paul told them that he never ceased making mention of them before God. What a blessing!

    Embracing the Journey,
    Christi

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    1. Christi, thank you so much for stopping by from #CoffeeForYourHeart...I love meeting new sisters in Christ...many blessings to you ❤️

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  11. Beth, I LOVE word studies! This is so beautifully written as He led you word by precious word to help reveal Himself through you to us. Hugs!

    Question, will you be at the AWSA meeting in Orlando later this month?

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    1. Susan, thank you so much for your kind words...so affirming ❤️

      Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend AWSA in Orlando, but I know it will be wonderful with all the talented writers and speakers who will be presenting...such a great group with whom to connect ❤️

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  12. I really like looking at the same verse in different versions- and then to re write it in my own words- I also really love Bethel music too- Thanks for sharing all this this am

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    1. Susie, I so agree with you about the various versions and Bethel music, so anointed...many blessings to you ❤️

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  13. Hi Beth. What a beautiful piece of artwork. I love how you delve into scripture by looking at so many different versions of that beautiful verse. Brings to many different aspects of God's truth to light, doesn't it?

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    1. Thank you, Betsy. I appreciate your sweet comments...I so agree with you about different versions...many blessings to you ❤️

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  14. Thank you for sharing this artwork and scriptures with us at Good Morning Mondays Beth, much appreciated. Blessings

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    1. Terri, I so enjoy linking up with you at Good Morning Mondays...many blessings to you ❤️

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  15. I especially love the NLT here. Thanks for sharing at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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    1. I so agree with you Kristin! Such a joy to link up with sweet sisters in Christ at #ThreeWordWednesday!

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  16. I haven't heard that song. I will have to check it out!

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    1. Sarah, it is really an anointed song...amazing to hear it in a worship service...our worship leaders at my church introduced us to it!

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  17. This really wowed me: "a love called out of one's heart by the preciousness of the object loved." If God can see us--sinners all--as precious, how can we do any less for others? Thank you so much for linking up with #InspireMeMonday!

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    1. I so agree with you...many blessings ❤️

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  18. Hi Beth, Coming over from The Weekend Brew. What a beautiful piece of artwork and thanks for giving me a greater glimpse into the word "love." How great is the Father's love for us! Many Blessings, Hannah

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    1. Hannah, I so agree with you...many blessings ❤️

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  19. Thank you for taking our hearts into Ephesians 1. Blessings on your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Michele, many blessings to you ❤️

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  20. Beth, Thank you for sharing the different versions of the verses showcasing God's great love for us.

    I especially liked the Phillips version and found myself re-reading, "that you may receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make you realize how great is the hope to which he is calling you—the magnificence and splendor of the inheritance promised to Christians". Make you realize... There are certainly times, when I don't feel very lovable, where I need to be "made to realize" how great is the Father's love for me and the great reward He has promised for me, His precious child.

    I'm so glad I stopped by. :-)

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    1. Karen, I so agree with you...love the Phillips translation, too...many blessings to you ❤️

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  21. I always love reading the scripture in different translations. Each one speaks to me in a different way. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

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    1. Thank you, Barbie, I so agree with you...like facets of a diamond, each translation seems to highlight another unique aspect from the depth of God's Word ❤️

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  22. Beth, thank you for this word study on Love from Ephesians 1:15-17. I simply thrive on studying the Word through comparing various translations. And thank you for stopping by and participating in Thankful Thursday. You blessed me.

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