Verse of the Day
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11
It’s not always easy to love some people. They are the EGR’s (extra grace required) people we come across. Or maybe they are the mean ones who have such deep hurts they strike out at others defensively. No matter who or what they are, we still need to love them when God brings them onto our path. But it is the Spirit of God within me that is able to teach me how to love them; I can’t do it on my own.
In his book Bedside Blessings, Chuck Swindoll shares that we all need a “steady stream of love flowing among us.” I love the visual this offers me, thinking of a small waterfall I saw on a trip to Oregon. He goes on to list three things that love should do: forgive quickly, willingly overlook, and refuse to take offense.1
When I read Swindoll’s words, it reminded me of the bottom line: We need to love like Jesus loves.
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- Swindoll, C. (2005).Bedside Blessings. J Countryman.