Love your enemies. Matthew 5:43 (NIV)
I love country music because it’s about real life. A current song out now is “Hard to Love” by Lee Brice. As I listen to the lyrics, faces of people cross my mind. People who are hard to love, and the people who love them.
I have the privilege to work with a wide range of people. Being a people-helper, I learn more than I give. I learn about commitment, heartache, and loyalty from people who stand beside others when the world would say,
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Blessed is the man…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by the streams of the water, which yields fruit in season, and whose leaves do not wither. Psalm 1:3 (NIV)
I had a plant that was growing tall and lush. However, I noticed the leaves were routinely dropping. I was puzzled because it appeared healthy, but parts of it were dying. I decided to investigate.
Taking the plant out of the pot, I found
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I thank my God every time I think of you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (New International Version)
Sometimes, loving is hard.
Not the loving-someone-who-loves-you-back kind, but the loving-someone-who-doesn’t-reciprocate kind. Loving when you’ve been wounded, you’ve forgiven, and you desire genuine restoration.
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And my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
If it were just me and Jesus, would it be enough?
I’ve been challenged by this question lately. This summer I’ve found myself getting side-tracked from quiet times with God. I reach for my smart phone, the Ipad, or I get busy picking up the house, or rush off to spend time with a friend as some of the first tasks of my day. If I don’t reach for my
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