02 May 2008

Confirmation / All we need is love...

“What then shall I do this morning? How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.”

Yesterday, I wrote about calendars and scheduling. When I checked my online calendar (WOMEN WHO DO TOO MUCH), the above quote was the message for yesterday. God works in amazing ways sometimes and it is my opinion that the above quote just serves as confirmation that we need to be faithful stewards of our time.

ALL WE NEED IS LOVE: A popular song made famous by the Beatles is also a Biblical principle. When asked what the greatest commandment given to man was, Jesus responded, LOVE - first, love for God and then, love of each other. [Matthew 22:34-40] Our devotional this morning in my prayer group was about this topic. How, because God loves us, we are commanded to 'repay the debt of love He showed to us, by loving each other'. And He ain't talking about loving those who are "easy" to love - our family, our friends, the person who smiles at you every day...we are commanded to love the "unlovable". And, believe me, that ain't always easy.

But isn't that the point? The Bible teaches that if you only love those who love you, you are no better than the heathens. [Matthew 5:46; Luke 6:32] It takes NO effort on your part to love someone who is nice to you, who blesses you, who smiles at you. It is the co-worker who snarls at you each morning, or the rude driver that cuts you off, or the family member who works your first, middle AND last nerve! That is who God commands you to love...love them as you love yourself. [And you know you LOVE yourself!]

As God loves us, we are to love one another. John 3:16 is probably one of the most familiar texts in the Bible: For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son...He loved, He gave. We can do no less.

Be blessed.

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