This Is Love

Minister Joseph Shepherd

I pray that each and every one of you are having a blessed day today. This is simply a reminder that you are loved. Regardless of the situations and circumstances where we’ve fallen short, God sees the intent of our hearts. God loves you and it is our duty to share that love with everyone that we encounter.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Most of us here at GPRC attended the picnic the first weekend in May, and it was a wonderful time to embrace, hug, joke, and smile at one another. It is amazing to see how powerful fellowship can be, and even in that, it is something that we can take for granted. One of the greatest gifts that our Father gives is Love. Simply love; authentic and irrefutable love. We don’t think anything of it, but being present and hugging someone could have been a boost for someone to make it through the week. Little do we know, Holy Spirit can word our lips to talk about the physical activity we’ve engaged in to help someone with insecurities they are facing at that time. It seems small, but you never know what someone could be dealing with in silence.

As we read in 1 Corinthians 13, we see love is patient as well as kind. The first 3 words in this scripture are stepping on toes for me already. We want to see others succeed, and at times, I fall short of this because the love I have becomes tainted due to different circumstances. I then get frustrated and don’t want to fool with it period, but, the Father says not so. God is not processing us just to see us give up so easily. That is why love has to be patient cause most will not exhibit this behavior. Instead, they’ll continue to produce a false sense of love. In patience, we have to be kind. This goes hand and hand with wanting to chastise others before the Father has time to convict. Let patience have her perfect work.

When the Holy Spirit is at work, we have no choice but to simply love one another and pray that healing takes place. Continuing yet again, to be helpers one to another.

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