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Love is a Gift

December 20, 2017

Don't keep track of wrongs. We know it. We accept the premise, yet it isn't easy to live out in our everyday lives. Letting go of hurt can be difficult and challenging. Complicated by our 'feelings' of personal injury or injustice. Yet, Jesus is clear. Turn the other cheek isn't just a cute euphemism.

Turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39) is defined as; to refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted. This isn't a call to be a doormat or the passive acceptance of violence. Jesus is talking about insults, aggravations and name calling. We mustn't sink to the level of the world; we should do our darnedest to rise above it.

Our own personal relationships can be fraught with hurts that we hold on to; just in case we need some ammunition in a future argument. We justify our a tit for tat mentality as a form of self defense. It isn't. It is, however, the very real issue of unforgiveness.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

Love. Love one another, as I have first loved you. It's a commandment (John 13:34). It's not a suggestion or an implied comment. It's a straight up command. Jesus says He wants us to do this; to love one another like I love you.

Jesus loves us. He is patient with us, and He loves us even when we are cranky, aggravating and whiny. He is kind to us when we are undeserving and rude. He is always ready to let us shine and positively impact the world. He is hopeful that we will do the things He teaches us, yet He loves us when we miss the mark. He doesn't give up on us, but cheers us on and through our struggles. He loves us in spite of our failings. He loves us when we are unloveable. He loves us and doesn't keep track of our wrongs. He continues to forgive and forget, without holding our mistakes against us. He loves us. That's how we should love one another; In spite of ourselves and all for Jesus.

Forgiveness is a gift. Jesus forgives us and He loves us. Forgiveness and Love; what a wonderful gift. Give the gift of forgiveness and love today.

 




 

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