THE TRUTH IN LOVE
This week Sandy and Elisabeth dig deeper into the topic of speaking the truth in love.
GOD IS LOVE
1 JOHN [4:16]b God is love. Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
This is a concept that Christians are pretty comfortable with but how often do we really think about what that means in the context of speaking the truth.
God is love. He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.
LOVE IS A COMMANDMENT
MARK [12:29]-31 The Lord our God is the only one Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all you mind and all your strength. The second command is this: Love you neighbor as you love yourself. There are no commands greater than these.
So when we say it’s important to love. It’s REALLY REALLY important.
LOVE COMES FROM GOD
1 JOHN 4:7 Love is from God; and everyone who loves others is born of God and knows God through personal experience.
We were created in His image; in the image of love. Do not forget that even those who are not believers were still created by God and they too love because He first loved them. The ultimate common ground between Christians and non-Christians is love. It is the one thing that connects all of creation.
SPEAK IN LOVE
1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Before you speak, and specifically before you speak the truth in “love”. Use 1 Corinthians as a scale to weigh your words and your intention.
Always choose love. Love never fails.
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My week last week, on a personal level, sucked. I have a beautiful, intelligent, strong-willed daughter that took every ounce of mental and emotional energy I had, and then some, and more than once she made me cry in frustration (this is why bathroom doors lock).
This morning I apparently can’t pour coffee into a mug. I have a large pile of laundry to put away that I’m ashamed of, and as I type this, said kiddo and husband are on their way home from dance class and I am NOT ready to go out with them, because I’ve been trying to catch up on writing.
I’m not caught up from the last few days, and the days keep coming. And that’s okay. It’s okay. You’re okay, and I’m okay, and the calendar isn’t here to beat us over the head and make us feel like failures. Sometimes we are overwhelmed, and it doesn’t define us or make us failures in life.
So friend, if you’re barely getting to work with matching shoes on, and makeup just didn’t happen today, it’s okay. You’re okay. Mama, if your kids are fed, and loved, and not abused, you’re being a good mom. If the house were clean it would just get dirty again anyway. No one ever crap talked themselves into being better tomorrow.
Deep breaths. Prayer. Rest when you can get it. God knows, He always knows. He loves us anyway. His mercies are new EVERY morning, so maybe ours should be too, starting with ourselves.
My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord. Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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