Monday, July 28, 2008

This Week's Lesson

Walk in love.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”—Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.—Love covers all offenses. “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”—“Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.”—Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.—Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.—If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.—Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (From "Daily Light" - Eph. 5:2; John 13:34; 1 Pet. 4:8; Prov. 10:12; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:35; Prov. 24:17; 1 Pet. 3:9; Rom. 12:18; Eph. 4:32; 1 John 3:18 )

Walk in love.
Even when it hurts.
Even when it feels wrong.
Even when you are reviled.
Even when you are treated as an enemy.
Even when it costs you something.
Even after all of these things have happened more times than you can count.
Even when you feel justified in walking in anger, frustration, vindication, or any other "ication" you can think of.
Even when it seems like things will never change.

He who commands will sustain and will fulfill his promises.
He who promised is utterly faithful.
He knows.
He sees.
He hears.
He is comfort, solace, a shield.
He will bless.
He will redeem.
He will restore.
What we sow in tears, He will reap in a glorious harvest of blessing...and joy.

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