Archive for January, 2012

Happy New Year

Greetings PAC family. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here and part of the reason is that it’s winter and I don’t do winter well. Hopefully that will change soon as I try new things to keep motivated.

I just finished a study in 1 John and James and thought I’d do it again because there is so much to learn. One of the topics that is heavily studied in this Bible study is fellowship. This is a good thing for me to be focused on in the winter because my nature says to curl up with a book until May. God says not to! Tonight I’m reading 1 John and am being reminded to love – everyone, not just those easiest to be with.

The apostle John says in chapter 1 verses 7-9: Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you: rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment – to love one another – is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.

As I read this tonight, I clearly heard God telling me that loving others, whether I want to or not, is really important. It’s a commandment, not an, “If you feel like it!” Sometimes I want to withdraw my love and encouragement if I feel I’m being ignored and left out. I want to hurt that other person like I thing they are hurting me. But is it really love if it’s conditional? God is telling me to grow up, lose the pouty face and love even when it hurts. So I press on and do the best I can with God’s help. I ask for His heart and His eyes to see others as He does. I can’t base my/Christ’s love on whether it gets returned or not. If Christ did that, where would we all be?

I need to be picking up my Bible more.

—Alison Lehman

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