Thursday, June 19, 2008

Words of Encouragement

Children have a unique way of loving. You do something that hurts their feelings, but they will quickly forgive you and continue to be your friend as if, that thing never happened. Can we learn from the children? Can we quickly forgive the hurt and injustice done to us by others and continue to be brothers and sisters in Christ?

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." - John 13:34-35

Feed my Sheep. Love one Another. Jesus took the time to example to his disciples the importance of relationship. He taught and showed them how important the needs of the people were to him. He showed them how important they were to him. Jesus did all this so that he could write on the hearts of the disciples the importance of the sheep.

Jesus tells the disciples to love another. In doing this the world would know they were different. In a world were everyone is looking out for themselves, it is something new and different to see people giving of themselves for someone else. Jesus question is still ringing in the air, do you love me? Then if we do, we will obey his will. One way we do that is to love each other.

When you love some one you seek what is best for them and what will make them healthy and whole. You will love each other as Jesus loved. He sought what was best for those he loved. Are we doing the same? Or do we have selfish motives for what we do?

Lord, today help us to have right motives when we interact with one another. Help us to express the love you first expressed to us. You loved us first where we were and then you encourage us to grow. Help us to love our brothers and sisters, first where they are and then to seek to encourage them to grow in you. When you ask us, do you love me? We can answer yes, and we are feeding your sheep. We are encouraging them and feeding them with the love of God that will help them to grow in you.