Does anyone really love me?
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How many movies have been made about lonely people looking for love? How many songs have been written about lonely people looking for a little affection? There is an ache inside each of us for love, in some ways a bottomless pit. We are hungry for acceptance. We are dying to be felt valuable by someone else. We all need to matter to somebody. We need a safe place where we can lick our wounds and be liked anyway. We... Read More
Jesus is love
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We have three potted hibiscus trees that spend summer in our backyard, but only two bear those big gorgeous red flowers. The third is nice and bushy, has great leaves, but doesn’t feel like producing no matter what I do. In the last paragraph of Galatians chapter 5, St. Paul lists nine “fruits of the Spirit,” i.e., features and characteristics of our lives that show a living faith and the indwelling of the Spirit. These fruits are not optional; God... Read More
Love your enemies? Really?
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It takes no great spiritual powers to love your spouse, your parents, your children, and your friends. Christians aren’t the only ones to appreciate people who are kind to them—anybody can turn on charm when it’s to his or her advantage. It takes a Christian with Spirit-power within to love people who are not nice to you. The same Savior whose first words from the cross were “Father, forgive them” said this to his disciples on the Mount: “You have... Read More
Mother-love models grace
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Most people know the experience of being chewed out by a boss or put down by fellow workers. Abuse from people around us starts early. Every schoolkid knows what it is like to be picked on; gossiped about; or mocked because of his or her clothes, shoes, grades, hair, or speech. Where do children go when they’ve been made to feel worthless, stupid, and ugly? You know the answer: they go to Mom. Mothers have great restorative power in their... Read More
I love to worship you, Lord
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I love being in your house, Lord. I know I can worship you anywhere, and I do. But there is nothing like being in your house with other believers. I love the choirs and instruments. I love the hymns and the prayers. I appreciate the messages that come from your Word, and I love giving gifts, acknowledging you as the ultimate Giver of all. I love being with other people who care about you as much as I do. “Praise... Read More