When it comes to loving others...
"And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
~ 2 Corinthians 9: 14-15
I think that we have all encountered people that we find it difficult to like, nevertheless, love. Mother Theresa once said, "We are called to love one another, not the world." The world is filled with approximately 7.7 billion people. Each are an expression of God's image, which is hard to imagine to begin with, but to think that we are called to love each of these people as God does, well, THAT'S just hard to imagine!
For me, I try to remind myself each day that I am called to live a "loving life." It's not that I intentionally strike out to make friends with every person I meet, or actually find a way to express that I love them; I do however, have to remind myself to, "Love the Lord with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind, while loving my neighbor as myself."
Being vulnerable, and allowing our hearts to be open to God leads to the ability to love ourselves. I can't explain how it works, but then it seems that something is enabled within ourselves to give love to others. In the intimacy of our hearts with God, we learn to know the hidden presence of God; and with that spiritual knowledge, we can somehow find a way to lead a life filled with love.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.