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Showing Love At A Time Like This

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

RayMcDSome of us – the older persons for sure – grew up in an era when men had a hard time showing their emotions.  Even in today’s society it is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – family – or others. Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them. Expressing our feelings – our love and our emotions – shouldn’t be so hard.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love – it is not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short – and the end can come unexpectedly. A clergy friend of mine – four years my junior – died suddenly of a heart attack – here one moment and gone the next.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about not saying we loved them enough – if at all. Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love. It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument – and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times. Continue reading

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For God So Loved Us

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

112015 Ray McDonaldGod loves us and we are called to love God.  God so loved us – according to today’s passage – that He gave His own life for our lives.  God the Father so loved the world that He gave us God the Son to suffer death upon the Cross of Calvary for our redemption.  Today’s passage is a favorite of many.  John 3:16 is often put on posters at golf tournaments!

As Holy Week unfolds before us – we are being reminded of the love of God.  God’s love is what our walk with Jesus should be all about dear readers.  Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  1 John 4:9–10 – 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Continue reading

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Showing Love During A Season Like This!

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

112015 Ray McDonaldSome of us grew up in a time when men had a hard time showing their emotions.  Even in today’s society it is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – family – or others.  Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love – it is not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short – and the end can come unexpectedly.  A clergy friend of mine – four years my junior – died suddenly of a heart attack – here one moment and gone the next.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about not saying we loved them enough – if at all.  Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love.  It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument – and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times. Continue reading

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Showing Love Should be Easier!

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

RevRaySome of us grew up in a time when men had a hard time showing their emotions.  Even in today’s society it is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – or others.  Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love – it is not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short.  A clergy friend of mine – four years my minor – died suddenly this past week of a heart attack – here one moment and gone the next.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about noting saying we loved them enough if at all.  Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love.  It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times. Continue reading

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Showing Love to Others Should Be More Natural!

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

It is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – or others they love.  Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love, it not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about noting saying we loved them.  Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love.  It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times.

Why is it so hard to say I love you for some?  God says it over and over again throughout Scriptures – with words and actions.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:9-10 – 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

So how do you show your love to others?  How do you tell them you love them?  Don’t be embarrassed – it is the most natural thing in the world –  to love others!  Don’t let another moment go by – text them – call them – go downstairs and tell them – you love them.  It doesn’t have to be a special event or day!

We know that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  We can overcome our lack of comfort– and tell others we love them!  Try it and see what happens.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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