Sunday, October 31, 2010

Meditations on Love, Part 3: Quench Fires With Love

Have you ever heard somebody say, “I am going through hell” at any time in the past?

Maybe you were the one who said that because your situation has been so frustrating that you feel you can’t stand it.

Or, to quote Popeye the Sailor Man: I had all I can stand... I can’t stand any more!

I have heard people describe a lot of situations as being hell-like:

  • Their work environment...
  • Their marriage...
  • Some personal or familial relationship...
  • Their school...
A lot of people think that their situation is like hell... or that some person is putting them through hell.  Unlike hell, however... we can extinguish those fires that happen between people by applying God’s agape love.

Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).

Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God--that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].
1 Peter 3:8-9 [AMP]

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