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1 John 3:11-18
For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
More Than 800 Times
I’m not very patient, especially with my daughter when I’ve told her do something for at least 800 times. Well, the number isn’t really 800, but it sure seems that way. “Maggie, please take the dog out.” “Yes, dad; in a minute.” “Maggie, please take the dog out.” “Yes, dad; in a minute.” And so it goes for another 798 times. But of course, after time number two, you can add an exclamation mark at the end of each request along with higher decibel levels, increased facial redness and that strange tingling in my left arm. I’m not very patient.
But I can tell you, I’m sure glad that God is everything that I’m not. It’s like God says to me, “Love one another.” And of course, I say to God, “What do you want me to do?” And God says to me, “Love one another.” And of course, I say to God, “What do you want me to do?” And so goes the dance. Therefore, I’m really delighted that Almighty creator of the universe is patient with me, because over my life, I’m sure we’ve had this exchange more than 800 times.