Monday, March 11, 2019
Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear ones and THANK YOU, for sharing your time with me today! It is my hope that you had a weekend enjoying whatever fills your hearts with love. Ya know, when we pause for a moment, reflect on our present situations, then ask ourselves, “what is it that we truly need in our lives?”, we may find the answer to be quite simple: LOVE.
LOVE – is the feeling that a person’s happiness is very important to you and the way you show this feeling in your behavior toward them…in a kind and caring way and want to protect or support them. An expression of one’s love and affection. A feeling of brotherhood and good will toward other people.
“If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother who he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him. That he who loves God must love his brother.” – John 4:20-21
Our love for God is not greater than our love for our fellow men. Godly love does not change according to circumstances. It is rooted and grounded. The tendency is to want the others to change. We feel that it is difficult to love someone as they are and would prefer that they were different. But this is not what the Bible says about love! This is proof that we are more concerned with our own happiness and comfort than with love for the others; we are seeking our own. The truth is that instead of hoping for the others to change, we need to find the sin in ourselves and cleanse that out. When we walk our talk, stop judging others, and simply love them as they are, we can pray for them out of a sincere Godly love and concern for them.
We best remember that there are no exceptions. No “well this person doesn’t deserve it.” Jesus laid down His precious life for us, the ultimate sign of how much He loved us. And no one has ever been less deserving than we are of that!
Let’s all remember that to love does not mean to agree with someone’s sin; rather, it means to bear with them, to pray for them, to have faith for them and to want the very best for them. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Mathew 6:14-15
My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll get down on ours knees and pray – one by one, for our loved ones, our neighbors, strangers, the sick and needy, and just as important – our enemies. Amen.
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” – John 4:8
LOVE ONE ANOTHER!! Where would we be without God’s LOVE for us?
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!
I love you,
*a special thanks to my friend in Christ, Kathryn Albig, for her thoughts on today’s message.
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