Love Shown in a Different Way

dsc_2879-21 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes al things, hopes all things, endures all thing.” 

 

Thought for the DayWhere will you find love today?

Social Media is not something that I jumped into as it was introduced.  I waited years before I signed up for a Facebook account and still do not use many other forms of social media.  The Upper Room devotion this morning reflected on the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13, the greatest scripture written on love.  As I thought about love, my first great thought went to my family and the love we share every day with each other.  We laugh and love, we cry and love, and we challenge and love.  The key word is love.  Then I began thinking about Facebook and the many friends I can share love with each day and who share their love with me each day.  I shared with a friend last evening that Facebook has opened up a world of friends I would have never had without that platform.  I have linked up with friends from every time of my life, from childhood to present, and the word “love” comes through as I write and as I read statuses.  It is truly beautiful to connect with friends who might have been forgotten, but they are very well known and loved.  Recently, my son and his two friends since “birth”, the “Three Amigos”, have been playing games using the internet.  When we moved 400 miles away from where he lived his first 11 years, I was afraid their times together had ended.  I walked into the room where my son was playing with his game console, to hear all of their voices.  My eyes filled with tears as I heard each of their precious voices “together” in one room.  I immediately said, “Hi Guys!” as if they were sitting in the room.  I heard back, “Hi!” and “Hi, Ms. Donna!” That experience was another example of love found in a precious way.

As I share about social media, I am not condoning all aspects as I know so much we see online is not good and is scary.  The only area I am talking about is the way it has connected me with friends from the past (and present), and the way it has connected those three sweet friends.  Love has been the key word in my thoughts as I share my faith with others and as others share their faith with me.  Many of the statuses and messages from these friends from afar, end with the words, “Love you”, and “With love”.  Cherishing family and friends with love gives us a strong feeling of God’s love for us.  “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes al things, hopes all things, endures all thing.”  All of us, as I have read from friends on Facebook, have hard times where something difficult happens in our lives.  Isn’t it wonderful to read the statuses and messages from our friends sharing God’s love with us.  We feel God’s love when we feel love from our friends.

Prayer:   Our sweet Father, thank you for teaching Your children to love where we can show love to each other.  You have blessed us with friends who love us through good times and times that are hard.  God you are so good.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those feeling love from others.

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