Work Hard, Love Hard

Luke 13:10-14, “On A Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her. And immediately she straightened up and praised GOD. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

Love is not work!

Have you ever had one of those times where loving someone seemed like work. Was it a spouse, a son or daughter, a bother or sister, a mother or father?

If love is not work, why do we have to work so hard to love?

There are times I can sympathize with the synagogue ruler who says to the people, “There are six days for work, so come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” There are those days I feel tired, taxed beyond what I can take. There are those days I feel like it is too much work to love.

Love is not work!

If you are tired… take a break, but don’t confuse love with work.

I was blessed to go with the Senior High to Fort Defiance, Arizona for a week of work, eating, devotions, and contemplation time. One of the questions asked during contemplation time was “How can you love people better back home?” My response was… You can’t! You can only love the way you love now! You can wish you loved more, or you can wish you had loved more, but now you can only love as you are loving now, in this moment. How do you want this moment to be? Loving or wishing?

Today as you work… work hard and know that GOD loves you.

Today as you love… love hard and know that GOD doesn’t love you if you love, GOD loves you so you can love. AMEN!

Precious Father, Loving GOD, Holy Spirit, I pray. I pray that you help me to love more. Love you, love my family, love my friends, love every man, woman, and child on this earth more every minute of every day. AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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