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Love:  what a little word with so very much meaning.  We hear people talk about loving people all the time.  As a teenager, we can’t wait to hear a guy or gal tell us they love us for the first time.  We spend hours upon hours focused on love and how someone does or does not love us.  Relationships die, families are destroyed, people kill themselves…..all over love.

Wow!   The power that exudes from this one precious word is incredible.  It’s impact can be felt around the world.  Satan is doing everything in his power to destroy this one itty bitty word.  But, why is this word so powerful and so destructive?  Well, we can find the answer to that in scripture through the meaning of love.

1Corinthians 13 “Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  Love does not demand its own way.  Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.  It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance…there are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.  Let love be your highest goal…”

So you see, what we are really searching for is God.  Huh, how did you go there?  Well, God is love and this love appeared to us here on earth to show us the perfect love.  Jesus the Christ took himself as our hate, as our sin, as our embarrassment, as our fault and as our defilement and destroyed Satan forever.  Jesus took hate, death and destruction and nailed it to the cross.  And he replaced it with love.

And when we truly come to understand who and what Jesus represents, maybe just maybe we can begin to truly love others.  Jesus took all of our sin, our hate, our lust, our greed and destroyed it.  He has given us freedom in return.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, all of these horrendous acts that we have done, are no longer.  It is like they have never existed.  No matter what the sin or shame you have felt throughout your life, he took and erased it all.  We are now seen as a direct reflection of Christ.

Now that we are no longer seen as ourselves, but of Christ, then our behavior should mirror Him.  And He is love, so we ought to love.  Now go back to the true meaning of love and see if you truly are living this way.  Well, I don’t know about you, but it sure does take direct attention for me to love in this amazing way.  But today is a new day and a today I will be love.

Lord Jesus, help each one of us to love as you have loved.  Help us to see others as you see them and help us to treat them as you would treat them.  How we love you and thank you for loving us even as we are.  Thank you that we are now a mirror of you and no matter what we do or how we act, Lord you are the reflection in the mirror.  Help us to live up to that precious sacrifice you made upon the cross.  And Lord help us to recognize changes we need to make in our love walk so that we may be mirrors that directly reflect you.

                                                Blessings:  Heather Joyner

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