It seemed like my kids were fighting all day. I was exhausted and asking God to give me the words to say. I found myself talking about love and what it really means to love others and that we need to show them. This brought to my mind the different ways that love is expressed. I recently took a love language test on-line at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/ . My love language is Acts of service. The others are,The Giving of Gifts, Words of Affirmation, Quality time and Physical touch. I thought about how sometimes I show love using my love language and it might be more meaningful if done in another way. Than I read this, “Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.” 1 Peter 4:8 MSG. As usual, something that I am teaching my kids comes right back to hit me square in the face. The verse goes on to say…
“Be quick to take a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless-cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything-encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!” 1 Peter 4:8-11 MSG.
It won’t always be easy…
“Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner…So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust Him. He knows what He’s doing, and he’ll keep on doing it.” 1 Peter 4:12-19 MSG
Dear Jesus, I pray that I would shine the light of your love, during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. I pray that I can learn to be thankful for the difficulties that come into my life, because they draw me closer to You. Help me to see others through Your eyes.
“And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask Him?”Luke 11:13 MSG. Father, thank you for loving me. Amen.