Willa Carpenter, our firm’s Human Resources Liaison, submitted verses for this issue. Willa does a tremendous job for our firm and is loved by all of our employees.
Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first commandment. And the second is like it “You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
Willa says: “how often we hear the word ‘love’ being used without fulfilling the requirements that Jesus is speaking of in these scriptures. Jesus is speaking of the kind of love that requires obedience to all of His commandments and for us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. Without His love filling our hearts, this will be impossible; so Romans 5:5 gives us His word that will enable us to love this way.”
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who was given to us. Romans 5:5
Willa says she is both challenged and encouraged by these scriptures. She says she is challenged every day “to walk in this love,” as she continues to pray and meditate on His word. Willa says she is encouraged and empowered by the Holy Spirit who has been poured out in my heart. Willa added: “I pray that many of you who may not have taken on this challenge, will ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to live this life of love – the world is in great need of God’s love.”
Angie Taylor, a legal assistant in our Mass Torts Section, furnished two verses this month. Angie says life can be very busy (Busy Under Satan’s Yoke). She says:
For a month God woke me up every morning at 3 a.m. It took me that long to understand this was the only time my life quiet enough for me to hear my God. Once I was given this revelation I cut my ‘busy’ as much as I could and chose to start every morning out with quiet time with God. It has been one of the best decisions God has made in my life!
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second it like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
God changed my entire life with His love. God also used this scripture to teach me how to love, not just others, but myself as well. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Kesha Nowell, a staff attorney with the firm, also supplied two verses for this issue, John 8:12 and Rev. 3:20. When submitting her verses, Kesha had this to say:
On our honeymoon, my husband and I were given the opportunity to visit England and Scotland. One of the highlights on the trip was our tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, which has absolutely beautiful architecture and works of art. William Holman Hunt’s Light of the World was a sight to behold. The painting in the Middlesex Chapel at St. Paul’s was the third version of the painting and was said to the be culmination of the artist’s vision. As such, when Hunt signed the painting, he dated it “1851-1900,” which included the working periods of the first and second versions. Light of the World features Jesus standing in front of door while holding a lantern and patiently knocking on the door. Words cannot adequately describe the beauty and symbolism. On the frame of the painting, the words of Revelation 3:20 are etched, reminding us that Jesus stands ready and awaits his invitation to enter our lives.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 KJV
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