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We’re Not Working Alone!

John 14:15-17

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

Life ChangeI’ve always liked to work with someone rather than alone. I could work all day if my dad was helping (or rather I was helping my dad) – yet if I was working alone – it was hard to stay on task. Even when dad gave me clear instructions – it was hard to stay on task with no one to help me.

I’m the same way today – work better with someone helping me. I would even invite my brother over to watch me work so I had someone present.

My wife and I cleaned the garage and painted a wall in the garage Monday. We cleaned up a couple of tool boxes and moved two to the basement. We threw a bunch of stuff out and straightened things up. My wife even claimed part of the basement as hers and wouldn’t let me store any of my stuff there – nothing goes near my motorcycle – she said. It was hard work – but it was fun work – working with her all morning before we went over to a daughter’s home for family time. Continue reading

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The Greatest is Love

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Sunday we mentioned that love is often mentioned as the seal or covering for so much in the Bible.  Sunday – as we were dealing with Colossians 3 we read: Colossians 3:14 – And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

The virtues that love was to cover were found in the following verse: Colossians 3:12 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Today’s passage follows a teaching by Paul about the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) which ends with these words: 1 Corinthians 12:31 – But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.  We are then ushered into chapter 13 which is often called The Love Chapter.  After sharing the qualities of love – Paul concludes this chapter by writing today’s passage: 1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The greatest commandment(s) are centered on love dear readers.

Matthew 22:37-40 – 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’   40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

John 13:34-35 – 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

We must be a people of love – a people who not only love Jesus with all we have and all we are – but also a people that loves others as Christ loves us.  Loving one another is not optional dear readers.

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

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