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  • Writer's pictureLaura Kae

Love like Christ

Today was a very pleasant day minus the three hours of deep cleaning I just did. When one cleans every six years, things get a mess. How was my recovery? I have been slowly answering a question or so a day in step study. This week’s lesson is on gratitude. The question of the morning: In James 1:22 we are told to be “doers of the Word.” How can you be a doer of the Word in your church?

My answer: begin to love like Christ loved me. Set an example in transparency. Don’t gossip. Don’t gossip especially about leadership. Invite others in. Be a connector. Defend submission to God’s Word. Take responsibility for my own actions and how I treat people.

I had a lovely day treating people well. Lots of fun actually. I even forgot myself and was at least three quarters of the way entirely myself with church people. There were even moments when I was 99% myself. Uh, oh. Actually, I think I was just myself all day. Uh, oh. Oh, boy. Well, not entirely myself. Entirely myself would have chosen to say a few more choice things at choice times.

Then I came home and had an amazing chat with a few of my neighbors on my front steps. Oh God, Laura is becoming friendly with everyone. What is becoming of this world?

After three hours of cleaning from necessity, I am still in a good mood and at peace. I do have to say angry cleaning and soul-cleansing cleaning are sure easier to stick to than necessity. Discipline? Ugh.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christa has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. – I John 5:1-5

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