Love Makes Up for Practically Anything

I read this article the other day titled “Life is Short. People Are Hurting. Don’t Be a Jerk.” Then I heard and read part of our scripture for tomorrow, 1 Peter 4:7-19, and I was convicted.

Peter writes in verses 7-11:

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

It’s pretty easy to judge others: Why is that person wearing pajamas to the grocery store? How could they just cut me off in traffic? Does s/he really believe the nonsense on their t-shirt (or bumper sticker or hat?) And yet, we all know the saying, “Be kind. Everyone is fighting a hard battle.” Behind the pj’s, the hat, the moment in traffic is a real person facing struggle, fear, loss, hurt, and so much more.

“Love makes up for practically anything.” How might we be more loving this day? Not just to the people we live with, but with those around us everywhere.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 as we gather to worship. Remember to bring soup (pop-top cans) and other non-perishables for The Gathering Place as we celebrate Souper Bowl Sunday!

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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