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Love others

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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Please help us
To love others
As they are, Lord –
Not as we wish, in vain,
For them to be.

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When someone hurts me

When someone hurts me, I tell them how I feel. If they apologise, I forgive them immediately and genuinely, without hesitation. Then we put what happened behind us, and our relationship is undamaged.

However, when someone hurts me, but doesn’t apologise, we inevitably have unfinished business. The relationship becomes awkward. I’m tempted to avoid the person, and may even do so. I wait for months, sometimes even years, still hoping they will think about what they did, and that in the end they will care enough to approach me. Meanwhile, I pray for them each day, whilst trying to forgive and love them.

Eventually, I realise they are not going to apologise, and give up hoping, which is a big step forward. I face the fact that forgiving them is entirely my responsibility, because the other person involved isn’t going to help in any way. They may have forgotten what happened, or simply not care. However, I still need to forgive them, and to work out how to love them and relate to to them, despite what they did. This is a big challenge.

From this point onwards, I continue praying for the person and trying to forgive and love them, whilst also attempting to develop a new relationship with them, if possible. On my side, at least, this new relationship will, of necessity, recognise, include and accept all that has passed between us, both good and bad.

In my experience, learning to forgive those who hurt us, but won’t apologise, is one of the most challenging spiritual tasks we face throughout our lives. However, such forgiveness is a vital healing process, if we are serious about spreading God’s kingdom on earth.

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If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them, and if they repent, forgive them (Luke 17:3; NIV).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

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I can love you

Lord,

I can love you
Only to the extent
That I love others;

And I can love others
Only to the extent
That I love you.

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You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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I cannot love my mother

Honour your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; NLT).

Love your neighbour (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

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Lord,

I cannot love my mother
As a parent,
Because of her
Emotional abuse.

Nor can I ever love her
As a neighbour,
For we cannot agree
A basic truce.

I cannot even love her
As a foe, Lord,
Though you’d think that would be
Just what I could do.

So instead, I try to love her
As a stranger,
And as if that stranger, Lord my God,
Is you.

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Seek God

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

 

Sisters and brothers,
Let us seek God

Within and beyond
Ourselves –

In our souls,
And in those we love;

In strangers,
And in enemies;

In the natural world,
And in every living creature –

For if we keep on seeking,
We will find.

 

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Perfect love

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

 

Lord,
Please fill me
From top to toe
With your perfect love,
So I can love
Everyone I meet –
Without exception.

 

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Love

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

 

Lord,
You love me,
And I love you.

Please help me
To love others
As you do.

 

 

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