Posted by: Maggie | September 12, 2007

Day 3: 10 Weeks Notes, Love One Another

A new command I give you:

Love one another.

As I have loved you,

so you must love one another. 

By this all men will know

that you are my disciples,

if you love one another.”  
John 13:34-35

 

Day 3.  Memorize.  List ways I can work on implementing this “love verse” in my life.

Reflections:

Separating verses out, phrase by phrase, like I did above, often causes my mind to slow down and process each phrase for it’s meaning.  This is a verse in particular that I’ve heard a thousand times, so causing my brain to move from “rote” to something more meaningful and deep takes some twisting and turning of it.

I will go to a few other versions to try to wake up my mind and senses to the life of this verse:  (Biblegateway.com helps me here quickly when I don’t have time to drag out my library.  I have Biblegateway.com pulled to a shortcut on my browser toolbar for easy reference through the day).

Try it!  You’ll get used to it when you find how handy it can be.  It takes a while to get used to.

Okay, so this is one of those rare occasions where reading in another version yielded ZERO.  So, what else can I do with the verse? 

I can insert other verses into it that define love for me.  For example, the scripture passage Bro. Ray used Sunday,   I Corinthians 13 (click to read) .

So, love is patient, kind, gentle, not self seeking, not jealous, shows good manners, is not self-centered, is not boastful, not proud, not resentful, and does not give attention to wrongs done to it.  Love never fails.

If I truly was not concerned about the way I would be treated, would I live differently?  A very challenging question. 

Just this week, I had an opportunity to minister, but did not because I was treated poorly when I served in the same way the last two times.   What would Jesus do? 

What would love do?  Would it take the risk? 

Lord, show me.

SOME PRACTICAL ADJUSTMENTS FOR ME TO WORK ON THIS QUARTER:

  • no internet when my kids get home from school.  (Week one, failing at that one…I do a LOT by computer)

  • check mail at scheduled times in the evening, maybe 7 and 10.  (Doing better overall)

  • much less blogging when my family is home.

  • sit on the couch, read, sew, or do something I can do while talking with more interest (fold laundry?) 

  • have personal work done by 10PM so that I can sit with hubby and talk or watch TV, even if I don’t want to watch TV (I generally don’t like TV late at night).

  • Give thought to meals that will fill, not just “food in the mouth”.  Plan the day’s food for the fam., though there are more interesting things to do.

  • Drop by hubby’s office one day a week, just to say “hi”.

  • Continue to volunteer at school

  • Send cards to people who need a lift

  • Call parents more regularly, when I don’t need anything.

  • Ask the Lord to guide in Bible Study with a friend   (DONE). 

  • Go out to lunch with a friend a week.  (Failing week two still…life is so busy!)

  • Work on being constantly aware of the fruit of the Spirit as my guide for Spirit filled living, not humanistic, rationalizing, reasoning to guide my behavior.  (Help, Lord!)

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