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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 6, 2012 - Love

By Beatrice Northcutt

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34,35, KJV).

The word love is often misused today. No pretty adjectives need to be added to love, for when we truly love we have everything and have fulfilled this commandment. The world knows nothing of the true meaning of love, for love is a spiritual condition of the heart.

Everyone desires to be loved. A tiny baby feels the love of its parents and also feels the lack of love when it is neglected. A loved child thrives and is happy, but the neglected one cries and is sickly.

To be like Christ we have to love as He did. How did He love? Without partiality or reservation. He loved when He was reviled and persecuted. In Matthew 5:44 He said, “I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Only when we take on the likeness of Christ can we fulfill this command; for it is the nature of man to rebel and fight back when we are mistreated.

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples” (John 13:25) makes us different from the world, for we are to love those who hate us. Jesus said in Matthew 5:46, “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” It’s sad, but I’m afraid that’s the impression many of us Christians leave to our worldly friends.

God said in Jeremiah 31:3, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” Can we love as God loves and claim our love for someone is gone? Christ showed His love by going to the cross for all our sins, and we must also love those who are unlovely and through kindness win them to the Savior.

Jesus said in Revelation 2:4, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”

Dear God, renew our first love!

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.

 

 

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