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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Are you a cheerleader for the underdog?

Individuals tossed aside or identified as insignificant. Misfits, freaks and out of box thinkers who do not conform to social norms. 

Individuals whose tough exterior is the armor they put on each day. Protecting hearts battered and bruised by the evil life has flung at them.

Individuals when they work up the courage to walk inside a church are ignored or rejected. 

Many present day Christians refuse to love their neighbors. 

Talking the talk. Not walking the walk. 

Unless you look and act like us, membership is denied.

The result?

A Church non-believers distrust because She does not look like Jesus. She does not love all.

Gandhi once said. “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Come on guys. Make this quote no longer true. 

Let us love our neighbors. 

No ifs, ands or buts!

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 

And Jesus replied to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 

The second is like it. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. That is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others.’”

Matthew 22:36-40

Amplified Bible

Despite technology and modern conveniences, many are drowning in a sea of busyness. Gasping for air. Routine becomes a life preserver they hold onto for dear life.

Many cannot imagine a life without structure— routine. Believing this is the foundation upon which order and success is built. They proudly wear the title…

Type A Personality. 

Anal. 

Control Freak. 

Unfortunately, these character traits produce unrealistic expectations of others and you. Overtime increasing isolation and unhappiness. 

Thankfully, change is possible when you allow Papa to be the author of life. Trusting Him teaches you to live in the present, not the past or future. Interruptions are not perceived as negative but divine opportunities to be led by the Holy Spirit.  

The result?

Stress and judgmental conclusions no longer haunt your life.

Life is a continuum of opportunities, not disappointments. 

Repentance replaces self-justification.

Busyness no longer is you middle name.

Awake each morning knowing your life is in Papa’s loving hands. Trusting Him to create a great and lasting work— a life well lived. 

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,

and He will make your paths straight and smooth. Removing obstacles that block your way.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Amplified Bible

Were you surprised when you became a follower of Christ, and there were times of…

Suffering?

Pain?

Uncertainty?

Hopelessness?

Do not be misled! Until you reach the other side of eternity. The woes of life will knock on the front door of your heart. Threatening to destroy your faith in Christ.

Why does Papa allow you to experience adversity, defeating disappointment, even betrayal?  

So you develop indestructible faith.

Faith crucifies the flesh— its passions and appetites and desires. Producing in you the desires and actions that please Papa. 

Faith demolishes all the barriers between Papa and you. 

Faith infuses you with hope. Hope not birthed from an illusion, a hallucination or impossibility but from truth. 

Faith supplies all you will need to live a victorious, blessed life.

Never abandon your relationship with Papa. Even when outward circumstances suggest He is absent, unfaithful or uncaring. Continue to obey His precepts and depend upon His goodness and faithfulness.

Never forget!

By raising Jesus from death He has given us new life, and a hope that lives on. God has something stored up for you in heaven. Where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.

You have faith in God whose power will protect you until the last day. Then He will save you just as He has always planned to do.

On that day you will be glad. Even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while, your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns.

You have never seen Jesus, and you don’t see Him now. But still you love Him and have faith in Him. No words can tell how glad and happy you are to be saved. That’s why you have faith. 

1 Peter 1:3-9 

Contemporary English Version

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