My one word for 2015 is LOVE.
As I look around our world today, love doesn't seem to be present. I see fighting and hatred towards others, bitterness, racial divisions and denominational divisions.
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35 (NIV)
"Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love." 1 John 4:8 (NIV)
Jesus Christ loved me so much, He died on the cross for my sins. I have peace with God now through Jesus. Now that is LOVE!
So in response how can I not have love for others?
- It's easy to love people who see things the way I do.
- It's easy to love people who love me.
- It's easy to love people who haven't hurt me.
- It's easy to love people who understand me.
"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
I've been reading Pastor Jim Cymbala's latest book Storm: Hearing Jesus for The Times We Live In. He describes ministering to hurting people in his church.
"When people know you love and care about them, you can speak difficult truth and they will receive it." Jim Cymbala
If only this would be our approach to one another. I believe in sound doctrinal truth. But I also believe that truth can be spoken in love.
"May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you." 1 Thessalonians 3:12
Each day I get to work with little children. At three and four years of age, I would venture to say they haven't been hurt by the world. They tend to focus on themselves and want what they want when they want it. But I also love when I see their love in action.
Have you considered your own one word for 2015? If so, I encourage you to share it with me.
I just received a FREE 2015 word image that Traci Michele created for me. You can get one for yourself on her blog. So what do you think?
Happy New Year!
Blessings and love,