“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”-1 Peter 4:8
I never say goodbye or farewell unless if someone is no longer a part of my life because our association is toxic or is no longer or has never been fruitful. I believe in saying, “See you later ” or “See you soon”. The reason being that our association will continue but things may have changed. On Sunday, I helped to commission two people who I love and admire dearly. They are headed to start the next chapter of their calling on the west coast. I am so thankful for our mutual and intentional friendship building over the last three years. Although, I am still crying tears of joy and sadness, I know our friendship will continue. I am thankful for airplanes, cars, email, text and many wonderful ways to stay in touch.
I was reminded that we need to decide to love everyone whom we hold dear deeply and intentionally. Sometimes, we think things will stay the same and we will always have time. I want to encourage you to take some time to love the people the closest to you. You have to prioritize and invest in the people the closest to you. In today’s scripture, we are reminded to love one another deeply. When you love others, it is easy to sacrifice your time, money, energy, talents and much more for your association. Also, allow these people to pour the same into you. Sometimes, just someone remembering your name, praying for your specific situation. holding you accountable, giving you a hug and so much more can mean the world to someone else. Also, we need to remember to do the same to people around us. John 15:12 says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
Remember God loves us so we should love one another. God forgives us so we need to forgive one another. God loves us with a beautiful and sacrificial love. He loves us in a way that we can love and pour into one another. You never want to love on the surface but love for real. You know someone loves you or vice versa if you can be the worst version of yourself and still be accepted and loved. The same goes for if you do the same for others. When you are intentional with someone that means that there is purpose. So when you love with intention, there is a reason. I am thankful for being loved by so many and also being loved by so many not because we have to but because we want to do so. I want to encourage you to love the people near and far who you cherish and also cherish you.
We have some homework. We are going to reach out to the people we love the most. We are are first going to offer up a prayer of thanksgiving. We are going to call them out by name and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in our prayers for them. Next, we are going to text, email, call, stop by to see them, plan a trip or however you are led to connect with them. If you relationship is in trouble, it is okay to tread slowly as God leads you. God can heal, restore and repair anything that appears to be broken. I am so thankful for all of you. May God continue to enhance our relationships with those whom we hold dear. God bless you!
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”-Ecclesiastes 4:9-10