We are quick to love people through some things. We can believe to a point and have hope until we are disappointed again. We will endure if we feel the payoff is worth it. But Paul calls us to a kind of love that stays in the ring in all things.
There are only 19 days until the election. The reality is, regardless of who wins, there is going to be a group of people who are jubilant and a group of people who are terrified. The question is, will we reach out or will we hunker down?
I cannot love you and envy what you have. I cannot love you and be jealous of your position, your marriage, your home life, your children, your place. Envy left unchecked can lead to a lifetime of covetousness. Jealousy, envy, comparison, coveting - they are off-shoots of the same weed. And love frees us from all of them
It is time for some repentance. It is time to bring my very bitter, self-righteous heart to God. I need to lay down my pride-filled arrows and see the nicks and pain I have left with my wild shots. It is time to put aside this armor of bitterness - it does not serve me well.
What do we do when those we love act in ways that shock us? How are we to respond when people in our lives repeatedly make decisions that bring pain and lead to negative consequences? What does it mean to love but not agree with? To say, ‘I’ll be here for you, but that does... Continue Reading →