2 John 1:5-6 NLT
I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
Pick up the Bible and begin at almost any point and you will find yourself going to the theme of LOVE. It is all through the Bible and evident daily in the life Jesus lived (see the Gospels for evidence).
Grace is a love issue. To give grace to another human being is one of those things that can only be done with love.
Forgiveness is a love issue too. When we forgive ourselves or forgive others, we are extending the love of God that He told us to have and taught by example.
This is going to be a great next few days. As I said yesterday, I've been praying that I will hear from God and extend, strengthen, re-fresh, lift up and understand more of the vision God has given to me and to our church.
One way that has been seen is through some relationships that God has blessed my life with. I am talking about people. I'll get to be with some great people this week. These are people like author Margaret Feinberg and her husband Leif that have blessed us in so many ways. I hope to get to soak up some truth from Francis Chan and Mark Batterson who wrote In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day and Mike Foster of "People of the Second Chance".
Those guys aren't superhuman and what they've done hasn't won a Nobel Peace Prize. But their lives and work inhale and exhale the love of God. Friends, we need that. We need the love of God.
Love means doing what God commands us. It means not doing what I want and doing what God wants. It literally means allowing God to flow through us to others.
It is not an option to love other people. It is a command. It is also an honor. When we demonstrate the love of God to the people around us, we become a living and breathing picture of Jesus. By living this love out we become the hands and feet and voice of God allowing people to experience the love of God.
We need the love of God. Let His love flow through you!
PLEASE PRAY FOR …
Pray for a young man who made the choice to leave a drug house and step toward God. Pray for his safety, health and for him to meet God. Pray for a veteran and his family who might be homeless in our community this week. Pray for Harry Rice who is looking for a place to live in Collinsville. Continue to pray for John DeOms and his back problem, for Lula Brim healing from bypass surgery (she has seen huge improvement today), for Gloria Haynes healing from knee surgery, Jim Fulcher healing from cancer surgery and for Jennifer Terry who goes to her DR Thursday.