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.


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:  ( helps me here quickly when I don’t have time to drag out my library.  I have 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.


  • 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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