BY: BRITNEY PALMA
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these. –Mark 12:29-31 (NLT)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: There are millions of people living in brokenness all around us. Fear, hurt, anger, guilt, bitterness, shame, and unforgiveness are only a few examples of the burdens that consume many. Their lives and actions possibly portray a person caught up in this world without the desire to truly know our Lord. In reality, they are desperately searching for some sense of peace. They are searching for someone to love them through whatever mess they may be in. Facades cover only the outer appearance, and brick walls can only go so high. Love sees through and soars to unmeasurable heights.
BE the proof that God loves them. It’s more than a bumper sticker or a smiley face with good intentions. When you love someone it is not always butterflies and fluffy clouds. Standing firm in our faith does not mean condemning a person for all the wrongs they have done but loving them through them. Live your life is such way that they begin to question their own life, and pray for the Holy Spirit to visit theirs. Be that faithful friend they desperate need. Love them through it. Be the one carrying the light. Be the proof that God’s love is GREATER.
So, let us put into action what we profess! We belong to Christ and it is He who works through us. Let the love of God pour out from us to those searching. Because were we not once in their shoes?
PERSONAL APPLICATION: A part of my life that I hold near to my heart is the moment I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I was seventeen years old with a baby and pregnant again. I was alone and desperate. I had been rejected by society and shunned by the majority of my family. In a small country church in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee is where the old me died and the new me was lifted up. I gave it all to Jesus, and after I opened my eyes at the altar there I was, surrounded by women of all ages. No longer an outcast but a dearly loved child of God. How I continuously thank God for holding me through the arms of these women! It’s something that I will never forget.
Thank you because your love is higher, deeper, greater than we will ever know. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us. God renew the passion in our hearts for the lost, and prepare us for the work you have planned. Lord, please give us the eyes to see things the way you do and love with an unconditional love.
In Jesus name,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m Britney and my husband’s name is Andres. We have three kids: Donavan, Chloe, and Serenity. I really like to cook, work in the yard, fish, and watch movies. I enjoy going to the Chinese buffet and eating real Mexican food. I love music and sing as loud as I can when I am driving. My poor kids! Two of my absolute favorite things to do include drinking coffee on the front porch at 5:00 in the morning and hanging out with family and friends and just enjoy the time being spent with them.