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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It's A Clear Command " Love One Another "

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It's A Clear Command "Love One Another" - By Shawn Boreta

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." -John 15:12 (NIV)
This seems to be the toughest thing for so many of us to do. "In love", we correct, condemn and judge - but really, when you think about John's words, it simply and clearly states what to do and it is difficult to get it wrong. I am sure you would agree.
But, really, how is this done? People are difficult, unlovable, down right wrong... and we can look deeply into the mirror and whatever we say about others, we are truly speaking to ourselves (or who we once were) - no matter what part of your journey you are on, we have all been in similar, or exactly the same place someone else now is. On my own, I can do nothing, I must stay connected to the Holy Spirit and dependent on the intercession of "Jesus with me", through the Holy Spirit.

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." -John 15:4
"Love each other", simply said, yet it is one of the commands that so many miss - I remember when I was first saved, I did not feel that love from other Christians; I experienced, judgment and correction, more than tenderness and compassion. And, a prayer I pray often is, "Father, thank You for revealing Your love so graciously; thank You for giving me Your example through so many brothers and sisters who are in my life today. Lord, give me Your eyes so I can see through to compassion and through pain and hurt so that I can truly be loving, even to those not so loveable."

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." -John 13:34-35 (NIV)

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other." -John 15:12-17
Today, my pleas are for those who see their Christian walk as a license to judge and correct above the command to love. "Give them eyes to see through to compassion and through the pain and hurt, so that they too can be truly loving, even to those not so loveable."

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)
And, I would like to make sure that I understand my Father's command - that I can love like Jesus. I know that many times, this is only possible with the power of the Holy Spirit - who gives me strength to love, compassion to love greatly and the heart ready to change so I can love those I cannot love on my own.

"Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen." ~1 John 4:20
Help me see You and love like You on this path.

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" ~John 3:16-17 (NIV)
Adapted: original source: ( http://shawnsgivingthanksdaily.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-512-of-giving-thanks.html ) Greetings and welcome to my life, at least tid-bits of it. My name is Shawn Delia Boreta, and I am honored that you have decided to read some of my story. My life is average and ordinary, by most accounts. And, yes, I want more and every day I get a little bit better in striving. My journey in writing these words is both self healing and self expressive. I believe that everyone has their own voice, a voice that sometimes others need to hear or a vision that must be shared or words that just need to be put down for one's own accomplishment. If these words are only read by three sets of eyes, then my mission is accomplished.
http://shawnsgivingthanksdaily.blogspot.com/ Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Shawn_Boreta Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6227865 


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