Monday, February 17, 2014

Loving As I Am Loved – Even When It Is Very Difficult

Photo by Helga Weber (Flickr)
Everyone felt it – especially the woman standing half-dressed in front of the condemnatory crowd. Even a passerby could sense the crowd’s impatience, eager to inflict “righteous judgment” by stoning the woman caught in adultery.
She stood alone – afraid to look up, fighting back tears. Surely her fate was sealed.

Or so it seemed.

“I do not condemn you. Go and sin no more,” Jesus said after sending her accusers away to consider their own sinful history.

This story can be found in the eighth chapter of the Gospel of John. We’re not told what the woman did after this encounter with Jesus; but I know how I would’ve responded. Although I’ve never committed adultery, I too have been forgiven much.

And since I’ve been shown great mercy, I love God a whole lot.

However, I don’t love Him as fully as I could. Especially when I don’t love those whom He loves.

Deuteronomy 6:5 (NASB)
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Deuteronomy 6:5 (AMP)
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.

What would it be like to love God with every thought, and with all my strength? How would my actions and motives change if I esteemed Him with that much intention and energy?

As I continue to recall times I experienced His mercy, would it stir within me an increasing desire to love Him with all my heart? And perhaps to demonstrate that love and mercy in my relationships?

As we memorize or meditate on Deuteronomy 6:5, let’s make practicing to love God with our entire being (and showing it in the way we relate to His children) this week’s goal. As we pray for each other to succeed, can you picture how delighted God would be to hear those prayers?

Wonderful Father, it is beyond me how I could love You even a fraction of how much You love me! However, I am asking You to teach me how to love You with my entire being and with all my might. And help me to demonstrate Your love and mercy to those around me.

This week’s goal:
This week, as I recall the countless times I have experienced God’s mercy, I will seek to love Him with all my being and with all my strength. I will also ask God to help me to demonstrate His love and mercy to those around me – especially when it is very, very difficult to do so!

What do you think? (Please share your comments via the comment link following this post.)

  • Does recalling times God has forgiven you, make you want to practice loving Him more?

  • What does it mean to you to love God with everything that’s in you?

  • What changes do you hope to see in your relationship with God (and others) as you pursue these goals?
If you have chosen another goal, let us know how we can pray for you.

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  1. For some reason, I was pretty crabby with Bert this morning. :( Not the way I want to behave! I am going to put my Deuteronomy 6:5 SMC (Scripture Memory Card) to good work today. Please pray for me.

    What about you? How are you doing with your pursuit to love God more intently and/or showing HIs love to others?

    1. I am so sorry to hear that. But it is a process and I am sure that he knows that. He is so forgiving, I am sure he has already forgotten it.

    2. You're right, Susan. Bert is very forgiven! I thank God for that quality in him. He is a great role model for me in many ways.

      Thanks for stopping by. I love hearing from you!!


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