Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 51, Micah 6:1-8, and John 13:31-35
Love one another. That seems fairly straight forward. It sounds like a simple rule. Love one another. That’s how they will know you’re Jesus’ follower. Love one another.
We have such a hard time with this! We get angry at this person or that one. We think Mrs. A is wrong about this, or Mr. B is too full of himself, or Dr. C is so angry all the time. This one smells bad. That one has a speech impediment and talks incessantly about baseball in a loud voice, even during worship. This other one is homosexual, or has too many tattoos, or is on drugs.
Love one another. That’s how they will know you’re Jesus’ follower. Why can’t we do it? Why do we have such a hard time?
There are five “languages” which we speak to show love: Gift-giving, quality time, touch, words of affirmation, and acts of service. Sometimes people “speak” and “hear” the same ones, and sometimes they “speak” one and “hear” another. As people mature they learn to “speak” and “hear” all five.
Since Jesus didn’t give us much of a choice, we should probably get started with loving one another. Go and show someone you love him or her today, using that person’s “language”. If you don’t know it, start with the one you “speak” best. Let this be your prayer today.