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Monday, January 14, 2013

Love & Relationships

There are sometimes when it's difficult to love.
Sometimes love means forgiving or mending relationships even when the other person may be wrong.  Not always can relationships be fully restored in all circumstances, but people can be forgiven.

Other times it's admitting I could be wrong even when I don't see it, or humbling myself enough to see where I am wrong and being willing to apologize.

Then there is the kind of love that needs to let go of trying to change or control people or situations we have no authority over.  That's also a matter of realizing my need to pray and fight to trust God.

Love can be the overlooking of differences of personality, non-essentials to my faith as a Christian, cultural differences, or the food or sports teams we like as well as minor offenses.

A lot of people can relate to all of the above, but the kind of love that tells the truth that may offend or hurt other people is also one of the most important kinds of love.  This can include giving the Gospel, pointing out serious sin, dangerous situations, or heretical teaching, etc.   It is always good trying to do this with as much gentleness as possible, but sometimes firmness by sharing a link publicly in the way of caring for others who might be influenced is judged as unloving even when it is not used with any unkind personal comments.  I know I have lots of room for improvement in communication skills though!

Petra / Love from tbarrett8 on GodTube.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32 NASB

 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 
Colossians 3:12-14 NASB

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