(2 John 1:6 NKJV) This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
How do we show God that we really love Him? We can tell Him all day long how much we love Him. But along with telling Him, we must show Him by following His commandments.
Is it going to be easy to follow His commandments? No; some days it is very hard. Some days we try hard and all it takes is a bad driver in front of us on the way to work or getting someone with a bad attitude at the check out register etc. There are all kinds of things that try to creep in to get us to disobey God and break His commandments.
But the good news is that just as there is something bad trying to get us off on the wrong track, there are good things to find too, if we just look and listen.
This morning I was out and about, getting some errands done. It was one of those mornings where I was just focused on what I needed to get done. The lady at the bank drive-through window tells me the total dollar amount on my deposit is way off. In other words, she was telling me I made a math mistake. She wanted to know if I had another check or something in my car that I forgot to put it with the rest I told her "no, you have everything there...maybe I calculated wrong?" A few minutes went by and I added up in my head what I gave her and sure enough I was right. I hit the call button at the window; she didn't answer. So I hit it again, no answer. Finally she spoke to me and said "you were absolutely right with your adding, but I don't know why I kept adding up the deposit wrong".
I realized she was having one of those days and instead of me getting mad and impatient, I needed to give her some encouragement. She said, have a nice day and I'm sorry for the confusion. I went out of my way to make sure she knew that it was not a problem and I thanked her for efforts.
I truly believe that at times we are being tested and that we need to pass those tests if we want to build that muscle of love that God is trying to strengthen in us.
God commands us to love. A good way to start loving others is to ask God each day to teach us how to love the way He loves.
Pastor Curt & Pastor Ellie
Seven Seas Ministries
P.O. Box 272
Bradford, RI 02808
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