Renewing love part 4

Learn to forgive

In part 4 we have the hardest action to take in renewing love – forgiveness. The gospel of Luke chapter 23 says: 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

It’s mind-boggling how Jesus can forgive those who are murdering him. I have a hard time understanding that. Then I ran across this short video on forgiveness showing the many dimensions to this act. Forgiveness Video




Renewing love part 3

Learn to be a servant

Part 3 of renewing our love can be found in the gospel of John, chapter 13:

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.


Renewing love part 2

Honor One Another

This verse from Romans 12:10 – What does it mean… to honor? To honor is to give preference to another – extending to another not just the first opportunity, but giving preference to another person’s needs over your own personal needs. Honor is incubated in a heart of humility. It is the art of serving someone else, even at personal expense.

I saw a quote online “Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time. “ Instead of being right, strive to give to others the preeminence. As Philippians 2:3 says, “Let each esteem others better than themselves.”  Strive to take notice of the gifts, graces, and successes of our brothers and sisters, and value them accordingly.


Renewing love part 1

Anticipate and act on the needs of others

Philippians 2 says… “Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Anticipating and acting on the needs of others seems like, if it isn’t easy, at least it should be straightforward. But the more I think about it, I realize that the whole idea of looking out for the needs of others takes a level of understanding that isn’t apparent on first glance. For example, think about this quote from Henry Ford: