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Hearts at Rest

July 31, 2012

(1 John 3:16)
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

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I took this photo from the book, “Crazy Love”, by Francis Chan. This is a beautiful verse from the bible, I have been continually coming back to it lately. Wondering, what can I do?

(1 John 3:18-24)
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

Give.

Giving to the poor and the suffering, giving freely and with an open heart, not out of obligation but out of love for our brothers and sisters as a part of the human race.

True love requires sacrifice.

In every relationship we sacrifice a little bit of our self, it is natural to do this. But in a world where sinful nature rules, it is considered a weakness to sacrifice parts of your self for love. Others see you as naive when you sacrifice for love.

Caring for our elderly, our children, our spouse, our siblings, our friends, and those strangers that are ours in the human race. We are made to sacrifice.

What do you sacrifice? Time? Money? Food? Shelter? Your self? And I want to know, how do we stop our hearts from condemning us? Where do you find your heart at rest?

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