Word 4U Today



A newspaper told a story about a boy going through chemotherapy and losing his hair. In support, his classmates shaved their heads too. When he returned to school he looked no different to any of the others. The paper carried a picture of these bald headed students, with the headline,

‘Everything we do; we do together.’

Goodness, isn’t that the ‘law of love’ Jesus talks about – ‘A new command I give you: Love one another.’ Even when it stings a bit.

People live by many laws. There’s the ‘law of revenge’ which says, ‘You hurt me; I hurt you harder.’ There’s the ‘law of balance’ which asks ‘an eye for an eye.’ But Jesus’ system storms the law court. It goes against our feelings. It’s a system that asks to turn a cheek and walk an extra mile. It’s the kind of justice that offers to love the enemy or pray for the persecutor. The law of love means you don’t have to get even; you can forgive. It isn’t weak or a walk-over; it’s strong enough to put others first and it chooses to withhold the punch.

1 Corinthians 13 says it well:

‘Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful…’ (vv 4-7 NLT)

What Now?

Focus on one part of the above love check-list. What needs brushing up on? Hone in on one part of it, and “live” it to someone who needs it today.

‘A new command I give you: Love one another’ John 13:34 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

July 8th, 2014

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