came home yesterday to find Danny sitting in the living room looking out towards our neighbors house. As I sat down with him, it hit me too. The Harrington’s have been our neighbors for 20 years. They watched all our kids learn to drive cars and motorcycles. We had 4th of July fireworks displays together. After our kids were grown us two couples had Christmas Eve together. Donald and Danny were …fishing buddies and mechanic buddies. Last year Mrs. Harrington passed away and he’s been alone. So he’s packing up and moving back home to Kentucky. All his possessions are going in a sale tomorrow. He’s been a good neighbor and a good friend. We’re just a little heart broken for ourselves, but excited for him. Things change. You cannot stop that. Kids grow up, neighbors pass away, friends move off. There’s only one thing we can do that will last. Oh beloved, Love much. People will always ask for your money, beg for your time, need things from you. But the one thing you can give to everyone is love. Do it lavishly. Don’t hold back. Express yourself because someday, when it’s all said and done, you’ll wish you had. Love is the greatest expression of Christ for the world. Love is the one thing God instructed husbands to give their wives. An entire book of Scripture was devoted to it. Go ahead, beloved, let yourself feel the wonderful passion of love that Christ feels for the world. It will cause you to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. It will let you look at things from His perspective. This magnificent love will allow you to forgive the unforgiveable and love the unloveable. It will equip, encourage, reconcile and restore. It will change your life! When you look into His Book of Love and see how much He loves you, you can take that and pour it out into a world that is starving for it. And, while you’re at it, tell someone about that wonderful love, because you never know when it’s the last time you’ll see them. God loves you, beloved, and He’s totally for you and really in the end, that’s all that matters!
I John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ. I Corinthians 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. I Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.