“Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us” 1 John 4:19 TPT.

Spiritual Directors Message

Happy New Year.

Let us begin this New Year in a positive direction. What happens when we look back? Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19). Don’t look back with regret because looking back blocks our heart from receiving what God’s intentions are for our lives. You don’t need to carry the weight of the past upon your shoulders. Let go and Let God. We need to be obedient and look forward to being a better Christian and increasing our love for Jesus Christ.

“Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us” 1 John 4:19 TPT. Love one another. 1 John 4:21 CEV states: “The commandment that God has given us is: “Love God and love each other!” Love Love Love just a little bit of Love! Jesus gave His life because He first loved us!

Here is a sampling of “Love One Another” in the Bible:
Love One Another (John 13:34a)
Love One Another (John 13:34b)
Love One Another (John 13:35)
Love One Another (John 15:12)
Love One Another (John 15:17)
Love One Another (Romans 13:8)
Make Your Love Increase (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
Love Each Other (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
Love One Another Deeply (1 Peter 3:8)
Love Each Other Deeply (1 Peter 4:8)
Love One Another (1 John 3:11)
Love One Another (1 John 3:23)
Love One Another (1 John 4:7)
Love One Another (1 John 4:11)
Love One Another (1 John 4:12)
Love One Another (2 John 5)

I think we are to Love One Another! It’s hard but it is a commandment. 1 Peter 3:8-9 NIV states: “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

Here’s to a very Blessed New Year!

Pastor Gail
Spiritual Director


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