childhood memory goes back to time spent with my grandparents
“over on the farm” when I think of preserving food supplies.
They had a large metal “bowl” which sat on a frame with a fire
under it in the side yard. This was where apples were
stirred and stirred and stirred to prevent sticking as they boiled
down into delicious apple butter. A wood stirring “paddle” with a
long handle was used to stir and mix ingredients to completion,
and then finished results were put in mason jars and stored. I thought it was
great fun to push the paddle around in the kettle.
raised most of what they ate in the garden behind the house,
neat row after row of vegetables which were harvested and
preserved for future use. Apples and potatoes had their own
cavities in the ground covered with straw to prevent freezing
when cold weather arrived. The “smoke house” contained
preserved meats and other items needed during the long months
after the garden died.
there were chickens, milk cows and Papaw’s delicious molasses!
Folks from the neighborhood said he had the best molasses
around. Set a short distance from the house were honeybee hives
which he “robbed” from time to time with his veil covering his
face and gloves to prevent bee stings.
I go the grocery store to fill my pantry with foods preserved
with chemicals to prevent spoilage. Maybe not as healthy as
natural preservation, but very important to avoid food
Christians, are “preserved” for eternity, not with chemicals,
but something far more potent to prevent “spoilage.” It is the
Love of God! Sin has “spoiled” the human race since it occurred
in the Garden of Eden, but God’s Love is so great that He would
not leave man in the spoiled condition.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that
whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have
everlasting life” (John 3:16).
are like stone ruined temples that still bear the marks of the
original splendor. Only the architect who designed us can fully
repair and restore us to our original purpose and beauty.”
beginning of time, God knew what we needed before we knew we
needed it; so He made provisions for our preservation through
His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him”
Psalmist had insight into this when he penned,
art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me…” (Psalm 32:7), and
“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou
maintainest my lot” (Psalm 16:5).
Love God has for us is the gateway to His attributes of Mercy
and Grace. It is His Love that looks at us with Mercy and Grace
and (His) Glory. At his request, Moses saw the attributes of
God’s Glory: Merciful, Gracious, Longsuffering, Goodness,
of the arrows the devil uses to try to wound Christians are doubt
and worry. All we have to do is bring to mind “what God has
preserved, the devil cannot spoil!” Someone has said: If God
lets your ship sink, it is because He has an anointed board He
wants you on—so hang on—you are preserved.
We don’t know how
long our journey here will be nor where it may eventually take
us, but we have the assurance that every ship or board we sail on
is for our preservation. You see, God has long-range plans in
His view for us. This plan began at Calvary and reaches into
eternity. We can’t see past the moment with any certainty, but
the Love of God will keep us in any situation and perform that
which God intended.
addition to God’s preservative of Love toward us, He has
instructed us to use the same ingredients He has instilled in us
as a horizontal
preservation toward others as well. God loved us so much He gave
His Son; the Son loved us so much He gave His life. Jesus gave
His ALL! We have been implanted with this kind of Love when we
allow Him in our lives.
is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved
you” (John 15:12).
is easy to understand, no hidden agenda, no personal gain—just
“as I have loved you.” How much did He love us? Without
exceptions! He withheld nothing; when He gave His life, He had
nothing else to give.
He love me because I am so good and obedient at all time? (I
wish!) Of course not! His Love is ‘in spite of’ my not being
perfect. Ah, now the picture emerges: We love each other in
spite of our imperfections, just like Jesus loves.
relationship with Jesus is preserved by His Love; and you know,
that is how we preserve human relationships.
friends dumped me when I displayed undesirable traits, I would
be friendless! But love covers faults.
above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for
charity [love] shall cover the multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
Strong’s Concordance defines “charity” as: affection,
benevolence, dear, love, feast of love.
Because Jesus loves me unconditionally, I must reciprocate that
kind of love toward Him who gave His all.
stated, that is the preservation I need to get me through this
life successfully and will take me all the way as it works out
in my life day by day. If it fails, it will be because I didn’t
world is in the throes of a famine of Love. If it were not, we
could disband our armies and close police stations. The basis
of the famine is due to the lack of God’s love “shed abroad” in
the hearts of mankind. If we loved each other, we would
automatically keep the commandments. We would not lie, kill,
cheat, etc., but we would love each other as Jesus loves us.
love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which
is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).
marriages fail, when families are at war with each other, when
relationships flounder, there is usually one underlying cause:
They were not preserved by the Jesus-kind of Love. To make it
work, the Jesus-kind of Love has to be reciprocal, present on
can’t mend the world’s lack of love, but we Christians can shore
up the Levee of Love between us to avoid erosion and together reach out to the
love-starved world to display the kind of love that is available
to all and any who will receive Jesus' love.
humor laced with truth (below)
to Preserve a Husband/Wife
careful in your selection. Do not choose too young. When
selected, give your entire thoughts to preparation for
Some insist upon keeping them in a pickle,
others are constantly getting them into hot water. This may
make them sour, hard, and sometimes bitter; even poor
varieties may be made sweet, tender and good, by garnishing
them with patience, well sweetened with love and seasoned with
Wrap them in a mantle of charity. Keep warm with a
steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with peaches and
cream. Thus prepared, they will keep for years.
unknown to me)
Seriously, can you imagine what a peace would prevail if we
would determine that we Christians are going to love like
Jesus loves us and consider the welfare of others above our
own; love and forgive like God does us; quit expecting
perfection in others until we have achieved it “consistently”
in ourselves (that may take a long, long time). It’s hard to
be mean or hateful to someone who just loves you all the
we all be filled with the reciprocal Jesus-kind of love!