Live In Love – Happy Birthday Joe!

Joseph T Chinn3My oldest son, Joseph, signs his notes “Live In Love”, a great reminder of what our Christ’s life was like and what His example was for us.   Today is my son’s birthday (yes, that’s him!) so this came to my mind as I think of the beautiful gift he has been to my heart and life since the day God gave him to me to cherish and disciple.

Now — back to how Joe signs his notes ‘ Live In Love” — Picture it! A world where every Christ follower acts in love in EVERY situation. I’m not talking about loving the ones who love us. I’m not even talking about loving those who are not so loving but are yet dear to us (you know, those crazy family members you don’t really like!). What I am talking about is loving those who mean us harm; those who commit wrongs against us intentionally; those who purpose to bring to ruin the plans that God has for us. I’m talking about going beyond forgiveness and showing them love.

When I look at my wedding ring, I see many facets – sometimes it glistens bright white; at another angle it is a colorful prism; sometimes it looks like clear glass. My point is – no matter how I look at it or how it looks to me – it looks beautiful. Love too – in all of its facets is a beautiful thing. So then, why don’t we just try to take every experience of this day and respond to it in love.  As for me I have to ask myself daily: Can I be love in every situation? Honestly – I don’t know! But I can certainly try.

My prayer today is that each person that I have contact with on this day (whether in person or electronically) will know that they are loved!

Happy Birthday Joe!  Thank you for being an amazing image of God’s love every single day!Joseph T Chinn1

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

5 thoughts on “Live In Love – Happy Birthday Joe!

  1. The hardest thing for me to do is to love my enemies and pray FOR them. I want to pray AT them, “LORD, change that person…” putting myself in a righteous position over them. But the truth of what Jesus wants me to do is pray BLESSING over that person and be reminded of MY OWN SIN — my own need for grace… Because love the Father gives isn’t just unconditional, it is DESPITE my reciprocation and condition! While I was STILL sinning, God showed His love by this: Jesus died for me. (See Romans 5:1-8)
    If I’m being honest, I know it isn’t even me wanting to Live in Love when I do. It’s the Holy Spirit in me that moves me to love out of obedience to Christ. Because I am “prone to wander. Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love…”
    It’s good to be reminded I have a choice, Hallelujah!
    Happy birthday, Joe!

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