February 2019

Dear Friends,

If we love God most, we will love others best!


When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he said, “And you
shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:
‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other
commandment greater than these.” - – Mark 12:30-31


Sometimes loving people calls for you to go the extra mile or to sprinkling our
conversations and attitudes with grace or to forgive the seemingly
unforgiveable. It can seem hard but once we have our relationship with God
right our relationship with people will fall in line.


Many people have frozen hearts and they do not realize it. A frozen heart is
one that is unable to shed tears of compassion, forgive those who sin against
us, feel the true joy of triumph over evil, and sense the Lord’s heartbeat and
the heartbeat of others. It is more than the ability to feel emotion, it is actually
a heart change from stone to compassion.


When we live in the world of noise, torment and trauma, it is a natural flesh
response to try to numb ourselves so that we don’t feel. Children who were
abused find ways to escape and numb their feelings. Life’s traumas all take a
toll on our ability to be one with the Lord and His heart for His people. When
we come to God, He renews us taking us through a journey where He breaks
up our stony hearts and replaces them with His own heart.


“A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take
away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel


And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within
them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh,
and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their
God]” Ezekiel 11:19


God will continue to work in us and through us, for our good and his Glory. "A
new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have
loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know
that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." – John 13:34-35


"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves
has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not
know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8


May we all know the renewing, the healing of God and the melting of our
hearts that we might take hold of the abundant life of love that we are called
to live.





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