2015-07-23 / Church

Today's Meditation

Hard To Love
From The Upper Room
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Read John 15:1-17

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

- Luke 6:32 (NRSV)

Jesus teaches his disciples how to live. In John 15:1-9, he uses the image of a vine and its branches to show his followers the importance of abiding in him and allowing him to live through them. In John 15:10-17, Jesus commands his disciples to love one another and to be willing to lay down their lives for one another. His command to us is the same.

Loving those who love us is easy. We gladly sacrifice our own needs and wants for the sake of those we love and care about: our spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends.

What about people we don’t love? What about people whose words and actions make loving them difficult? How do we lay down our lives for those who are not our friends or for those who have hurt us with cruel words and actions?

I have come to believe that setting aside our anger, hurt, and indifference and praying daily for those who have hurt us is one way of laying down our lives for them. This practice allows God to grace us with the ability to show them kindness. Asking God to show us our part, our responsibilities to God and to other people, may be the catalyst we need to restore broken relationships and to strengthen our resolve to serve God in all we do.

Patricia Wilgis-Patton

(Texas, USA)

Thought for the Day: Today I will pray for someone I don’t usually pray for.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to show your love in all that we say and do. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I FIND DIFFICULT TO LOVE

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