Live to Love
Read: “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16 (ESV)
Reflect: Several years ago I responded to a pastoral call to provide prayer and comfort for a family whose mother was near the end stages of her life. As I spoke with her adult children in her hospice room, they shared how much their mother deeply loved Jesus. She was the cornerstone not only of her family, but of many families God had sent her. As a single mother who raised five children, she stood in the gap to help foster children whose parents needed time to get back on their feet. She helped raise a generation of neighborhood kids. She spent time at her children’s school, loving on children who had lost a parent, providing a comforting parental presence in their lives.
After her husband left her for another woman, it was she who extended grace and invited her ex-husband and his new wife to join their family for Christmas dinner. She and her ex-husband’s wife grew to be close sisters in Christ. Her family told me their mother did not like saying, “I’ll pray for you,” but rather dropped whatever she was doing and prayed for them on the spot. She breathed out love and grace by giving what she had…her presence. She knew Jesus loved her, and in his hands, he gave her away to love and bless others in his name.
Glenn Packiam, author of Blessed, Broken and Given, says it is this way: “From being loved, we love. It is in being beloved that we become love. And love gives.”
React: What has happened in your life that has led you to really know you are beloved by Jesus? Let us thank him for such blessings and ask him how he can use us to bless others.
Pray: Jesus, your love paid for it all. Thank you for blessing us so we can bless others.