the mean girl….
When everything in you
screams in protest,
“They don’t deserve love!”
Love them even more.
Love always wins.
When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
The kind of devotion that God delights in comes about when a person finds security in the pure, unselfish love of God. We don’t find our security or our value from the rules we obey or the way we live. But in the love of God, we know that there is nothing we can do to make Him love us more or less—He just loves us!
Your neighbor may be a real, you know, donkey but you’ve gotta love him anyway. Or maybe most of all.
Children need unconditional love right at the very moment they are most unlovable. Unconditional love that loves enough to extend discipline and counsel should never lash out in rage.
That perfect devoting ourselves to God, from which devotion has its name, requires that we should not only do the will of God, but also that we should do it with love. He loveth a cheerful giver, and without the heart no obedience is acceptable to Him.
In every difficult interaction or conversation you have with others, whether that be from behind a pulpit or across the table at a coffee shop, remember that it was the unconditional love and kindness of God that drew you to repentance.
Let every word you speak drip with the same unconditional love and grace.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.