God will give me strength to love
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One of the sweet features of Christianity is that God never calls us to his way of living without also giving us the wisdom we need and the power and strength to carry it out. He knows all about how hard it is to choose to love someone who is treating you poorly. God often compared himself in the Bible to a husband with an unfaithful wife (a metaphor for his often backsliding believers). He even instructed his prophet Hosea... Read More
Love is the better way
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is uniquely qualified to teach us about the futility of revenge and the ultimate triumph of love. He was unjustly imprisoned, his home was firebombed, and he was assassinated in the prime of life. He had various teachers and mentors in the area of nonviolent protest, but the greatest of them was Christ himself, who triumphed over evil by... Read More
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