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I Thessalonians 3:12 ” May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

Paul’s letter to the Church in Thessalonica  encouraged them to love each other by following the example of Jesus.  For the past year we have been part of a brand new Church plant…bringing people together from several Churches to form a new one.  And today was our second service, with many new faces among us.  So as I look at this verse, I’m reminded that for the past six months we’ve bonded together as a small group,  but now the time has come that we must turn ourselves from our tight circle to welcome those coming in through the doors.  For the agape love of Jesus can only be demonstrated by His Believers when we love others.  And we can only be His hands and feet when our caring shows.

Hebrews 12:7 ” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? “

Maybe you were the child that all your parents had to do was look at you sternly and you stopped misbehaving.  Or maybe it took much more effort from your parents before it finally sunk in that what you were doing was wrong.  Parents correct their children out of the love they have for them, not because they want to be mean, but because they want only the best for them.  Our Heavenly Father does the same for us.  Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.”  When we can view difficulties in our life as loving correction from God rather than just punishment…our entire spiritual perspective and faith will be impacted and increased.

Psalm 86:11 ” Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.”

During the very darkest time of my life I would read  Psalm 86 in its entirety out loud every morning.  I was alone, isolated from friends and family, and in the middle of a very violent relationship.   I felt hopeless, helpless and totally alone.  As I read these words out loud, I could almost hear David reminding himself that the Lord was near.  And as he recalled all of God’s attributes…His great love, His mercy, compassion, and faithfulness, I too would be reminded of them and what God had done for me.  And in the end, just like David, this Psalm gave me the strength and courage to endure for one more day.

Romans 5:5 ” And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who He has given us.”

It’s easy to love those we have a natural affinity for.  It’s not hard at all to love our family and those close to us.  Nor is it difficult to love those we’re naturally attracted to.  But what about those who are like sandpaper against our soul?  What about the unlovely of the world…the disagreeable, repugnant, and unpleasant people who God has called us to love regardless?   For Jesus didn’t add any exceptions when He told us to, “Love one another.”  But when we have the love of God…the unconditional, Agape, love within, we are able to look beyond the exterior and love the unlovely.

Matthew 6:10 ” Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalm 40:8 tells us, “I desire ( or choose) to do Your will O my God.”  We even see Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying, “Yet not as I will (want), but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)   When we seek God’s will… we desire that which pleases God and thus will create joy within us…for we will find ourselves in the center of His will…and it’s the very best place to be.

Jude 2 ” Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Do you realize just how much God loves you?  He’s not stingy or tight-fisted with His compassion towards you.  Nor does His unconditional love depend on how good you are any peculiar day …or how many “works” you have on your mental score-sheet.  God’s grace and  love towards you is generous, abundant, and more than enough to cover anything that happens to you today.

I John 4:12 ” No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”

In the Gospels, it tells us to love each other…whether it’s family, neighbors, or enemies…God’s word instructs us to love one another.  For when we obey His word, His love is truly made complete in us. (I John 2:5)   And by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,  God’s love will manifest and be perfected in us as we display that love to others.