Posted On December 5, 2008

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Today in our Bible time we came to the story about Jacob playing favorites with his beloved (second) wife’s son, Joseph. Our verse centered around the love chaper in I Corinthians 13.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”

It was so exciting for me to see light bulbs come on for my oldest (9) as we talked about demanding our own way. Realizing that that is not love. In our culture, that’s all we see is demanding our own way. In restaurants, if we don’t get what we ordered… in the parking lot at the mall during Christmas… and so on. It just is an immediate reaction most of us have and today was just good for me and the boys to focus on that especially at this time of year.

We want our boys (and us) to exude love. We want our neighbors to know we love them. Each night while the boys are tucked in, Brian reminds them of the two greatest commandments… they know them by heart. 1) Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and strength 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. But we also realized that we can be hearers of the Word and not doers. So it all ties in. Knowing and doing are two different things. How will we exhibit love to those around us?

Its just a matter of seeking out and asking. Don’t wait for those opportunities to lay in your lap. Go next door and see how your neighbors are doing. We kind of have it easy because we live in a neighborhood that’s primarily elderly couples. They love our boys and we love them. So sometimes, we have to travel a little further up the street and see what’s going on there. Most people are very receptive.

At our mission’s conference in November, the guest speaker talked about what kind of neighbor are you. If you moved away… how would your neighbors react? Happy or sad? They recently moved from Korea to the states and said that their neighbors cried. That struck me terribly hard. Would my neighbors actually cry? Would yours?

May God’s love swell within you this season.

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