Enough Said

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.

So no matter what I say, what I believe or what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Enough said.

1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (The Message)

Sherree Fischer
loveSTRONG Ministries

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

I was so glad I caught her before I left my home for the day.  She got out of the Fed Ex truck to deliver the packages I had ordered. As she handed me the boxes she inquired, “Hey –  do you have a daughter that recently got married?”  I replied I had indeed. Then she proceeded to ask if that daughter worked on Camelback Road and has a certain last name. In these days of identity theft I was startled a bit that this woman knew so much about me.  I replied, “Yes, that is her, but I must ask how you know so much about me, being you are new to this delivery route.”  She laughed and said, “Your daughter, Brekyn, was on my old route and the minute I saw you – you look so much alike I just knew you had to be her mom.”

Then she went on to say how my daughter was one of the kindest people she has ever met. I replied Brekyn was indeed one of the kindest people this world has been blessed to receive and then stated, “Oh, how sweet of you to think we look alike – I will take that as a compliment since she is much prettier than I am.  How lovely you would see the resemblance.”

It left me pondering all afternoon – could the same be said of me about my resemblance to Jesus?  “Hey you look familiar – matter of fact you look so much like a guy I know you must belong to Him....” I have certainly identified strangers I’ve come across in my life as “His” and been correct about their identity  because of the love and kindness they have shown and sown into others when I happened to be observing.

 I learned the old song “And they will know we are Christians by our love…”when I was in second grade.  So I ask: Is Christ so much a part of our lives that the world knows us by our love? Do we look so much like Jesus we could be identified as belonging to Him even by a stranger?

 What a sweet concept and one I pray is true for you and me today.

Don’t just read it – rather memorize and live out 1 Corinthians 13. I’ve done that this past month with a friend and it has been life changing. Here’s to looking in the mirror today and seeing the love of Jesus staring back at you and then you reflecting His love to those around you today!

Sheyla

Shela-Lyn Boxberger
Contributing Author

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