A Message for the Believers

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Okay.

So I’m only going to say this once.

Not because I feel like I have to.

Or that it’s the politically correct thing to do.

But because I feel like it’s something that needs to be said.

So,

try not to get mad at me okay?

Okay.

This, today,

this is to my fellow believers.

I don’t write a lot of things specifically aimed towards you, but today I am.

Today I’m looking at you.

And I’m not blinking. Because I’m serious here.

What I have to say isn’t long or lengthy or wordy. It’s short. And something you’ve heard a million-bajillion times before.

So why can’t it just sink in already, #amIright?

Here it is.

Are you ready?

Good?

Good.

………

Love one another.

That’s it.

LOVE other people. Don’t just like them. Or tolerate them.

Or ignore them.

Love them.

Love doesn’t look like putting others down.

Love doesn’t look like bullying people, even if it’s unintentional. Especially if it’s unintentional.

Love doesn’t look like ignoring the problems.

Love doesn’t look like looking away.

Love doesn’t look like disrespect.

Or arrogance.

Or ignorance.

Some of us need a big lesson in what love does look like.

And I’m not pointing fingers at anyone. Because, lately, I’ve been trying to look at myself first. And point the finger inward, before I start looking outward.

So I’m talking to me too. To me mainly.

And this verse I’m going to quote next,

it isn’t just for weddings.

And it isn’t just for families.

And it isn’t just for people we like.

And when I read about what Jesus said in Matthew 22, that we should “love your neighbor as yourself”,

this is the verse I think of.

And so please help me, I know all of you have heard this verse at least once.

And many of you have it memorized.

So why, oh why, do we have such a hard time living it?

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13: 4-13

And do you remember the part where I said this verse isn’t just for weddings or families or people we like?

You guys. This love stuff.

It. Is. Important.

It is the most important.

Just listen to what Jesus has to say about it,

” ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’ ” -Matthew 22:36-40

So, I ask myself, do we live like this?

Do you want my real opinion?

Honestly?

Truthfully?

Honestly,

I’m just not sure if we always do.

We close in our little bubble around us and call life a success.

We pray for health and prosperity.

We call ourselves and our circumstances blessed,

and move on.

But the truth is,

is that the only way we can know how to love,

is by knowing Love Himself.

Can I get an amen?

Or maybe some angry emails?

Not really sure which it will be but this is my truth today.

Love.

Love one another.

Happy #GoodNewsMonday friends.

Holding onto hope,

Nikki

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