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Love Deeply

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

The 1st year anniversary of my mother’s passing was just a couple of days ago. It was a sad day for me – I shed more than a few tears. Mom always showered her children with love. She loved her children deeply – but she loved her man – my father – even more so. She gave of herself in every way so that we would feel cared for and loved. At times I would even say she suffered for us.

In a few months I will remember my father’s passing 6 years ago. Dad loved mom and his children deeply. He worked several jobs – at a time – to provide for his family. He worked hard to show his deep love for his family. At times I would even say he suffered for us.

This summer my wife and I will celebrate 38 years of marriage – if she stays with me till August (LOL). We’re already talking about what we will do to celebrate our 40th. My wife loves her children and her husband deeply. We also love our grandchildren deeply. At times we suffer for them all.

What do we love deeply? Who do we love deeply? During Lent – which begins this coming Wednesday – we will have an opportunity to deny ourselves things that shouldn’t matter so much to us. We will have an opportunity to walk toward the cross of Jesus – and remember His sacrifice and sufferings for us. How much do we love Jesus? What are we willing to give up for Him? Are we willing to suffer so that we will be drawn closer into His likeness?

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 1 Peter 4:7–11 – 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday night – the Men’s Study talked about the end of time. We asked the question – if we knew that tomorrow Christ would return for His church – would we live differently? We were talking about the end of Matthew’s Gospel – the Great Commission. We asked each other if we were striving to lead others to Christ – to make disciples of others? We asked if thinking that Christ was returning soon would motivate us more to live for Christ?

Peter writes – The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. We are called to live as if Christ were returning soon. How might that change our view of everyday life? Peter writes – as we are alert to the Lord’s return – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. We are called to love one another as we await His return. How are we doing?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. Join us on Shrove Tuesday – February 13 – from 5-7 pm for pancakes!

Join us on Ash Wednesday – February 14 – from 6-7 am for the Imposition of Ashes and a Blessing.

Join us on Ash Wednesday – February 14 – at 7 pm for an Ash Wednesday service

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February 8, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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