Boldly Love Others

To BOLDLY love others as Christ loved us

I John 4:7 – 10
Loving One Another
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God
and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have
eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son
as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Loving one another – that’s what Jesus taught us to do, and as His followers, that’s what we do. That is our response.
Maybe it’s the BOLDLY part that is more unsettling. Many of us do things because we are polite and have been taught
to share, use our manners, let others go first and the other culturally acceptable ‘kind’ things to do.
But loving BOLDLY. That kind of kicks things up a notch. It assumes that there is a more deliberate action and a choice
required. It’s not just the ‘nice’ thing to do.

Loving boldly will unfold differently for each person. Here’s part of my story. A 42 year old friendship has fallen apart,
and I’m not sure where or how to repair it. I was maid of honor at her wedding, helped look after her young children,
provided assistance in countless ways over the years, participated in family celebrations. Then about six years ago,
something happened. I can’t even identify what it was. The communication stopped. Attempts to reach out and begin
the conversation again were rebuffed and ignored. So now what?

My heart hurts because of this broken relationship. I still value my friend, and wish her well.

They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. Even though I wasn’t part of the festivities, I could
still pray a blessing on them, and wish them many more years of health and joy. I could love them from a distance. My
prayer is that someday, there will be restoration to that relationship. Until that time, I need to hold it with open hands,
allowing God to work in my heart, and repair my pain. Love isn’t easy, but we’re called to love others as Christ loved us.

Loving BOLDLY in practical and perhaps, less painful ways may look like …

Loving BOLDLY – when you and the neighbour have a difference of opinion and find it difficult to communicate. After
the next big snowfall, you and your snow blower find their way to his driveway and open it up for him without asking
for reimbursement, or expecting a ‘thank you’.

Loving BOLDLY – having the courage to speak truth to a family member or friend who is making unwise life choices.

Loving BOLDLY – sharing fresh cookies with the service staff at the local gas station on a cold evening.

Loving BOLDLY – telling a friend, Jesus follower or not, that you will be praying for them, and checking up to see how
they are doing.

God calls us to unique circumstances, and provides us the ability to LOVE BOLDLY as Christ did. Go, and love others!

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