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Help Us Accept Each Other

on June 20, 2014

I woke early one morning and gathered my thoughts.  I took a deep breath and tried to remember where I had last put my Bible… and then realized that my handy phone contained every good Word that  my printed Bible carried.  So, I googled a scripture site that I often use, and this verse came up in the search bar-

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,  but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails-  1 Corinthians 13

It most certainly was not by accident.

If I have faith, but not love- I am nothing.

If I give to the poor, but do not do it out of love- I gain nothing

God is love.

I am nothing without God.

I am nothing without His love.

If I do anything that is not out of love– it is meaningless.

Like a child wanting to please their parents, I want to please my Father in heaven.  This verse hit me like a ton of bricks.  How many times have you done the right thing because you knew that was what you were supposed to do? I have done it for years!  But here, He’s telling me that if I really love Him, I have to do everything out of love. Without love in our hearts, “doing the right thing” still doesn’t cut it.

Slowly He is opening my eyes.  Showing me the things inside my core that are not of “love”.   He is teaching me how to see through His eyes.  How to feel through His hands.  How to love with the heart of my Father.

For many years, I have “done the right thing” when it comes to certain situations.  But , I felt His awesome presence and love as I read the Word.  We aren’t supposed to just do the right thing- we are called to LOVE.  When we LOVE, when we love with God’s love– His love compels us to do the right thing- each and every time- without fail!  And without reciprocity.  No strings attached kind of love. Because that’s what His love is like.

We don’t deserve it.

We can’t earn it.

But when we accept His love, we can give it- freely.   And His love changes people.  I know, because it sure has changed me!

You know that phrase “fake it ’till you make it”?  Well, I’ve done my fair share of that.  But on this particular day, as I read those words about God’s love- I had a realization.  All this “faking” it that I’ve done for so many years?  In that instant I felt nothing but love for those who have disappointed me, or hurt me in the past.   God has been weeding my heart of any bitterness or resentment… all these things that I have felt in the past are withering away… and are being replaced with His deep roots of love.  The truth is, it is so much easier- and it takes far less energy to love people than to hold on to past hurts and regrets.

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.  1 Peter 4:8 

A dear friend showed me this hymn a while back.  These words have resonated with me for quite some time.  I set it to new music and also added a chorus to it.  May He give us a passion to love those who hunger for the kind of love only He can give!

Help us accept each other

as Christ accepted us

teach us as sister, brother

each person to embrace

be present, Lord, among us

and bring us to believe

that we are ourselves accepted

and meant to love and live

to love as You have loved

to give as You have given

to die to our own desires

so we may do Your will

and love as You have loved us

Lord, for today’s encounters

for all who are in need

who hunger for acceptance

for righteousness and bread

we need new eyes for seeing

new hands for holding on

renew us with Your Spirit, Lord,

free us, make us one

*original text by Fred Kaan 

 

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18 responses to “Help Us Accept Each Other

  1. Great post, Julie. I’m so thankful for God’s love and the ability to have this same love for others. May many see His love through us.

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  2. paulfg says:

    “His love compels us to do the right thing- each and every time- without fail! And without reciprocity. No strings attached kind of love. Because that’s what His love is like.”

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    this!!!! :-

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thanks… it was quite a realization that morning…something that had been heavy on my heart was suddenly gone and filled with nothing but love. God’s love. He is amazing.

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  3. T says:

    I just LOVE this post. You just put into words what has been whirling around in my mind lately. I also loved the song, beautiful as always!

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thank you, T! I rewrote that hymn a while back, but the words have been running through my mind for months. I don’t just want to just do the right thing. I want to LOVE people. That’s only possible with His help 🙂 Blessings to you!

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  4. Skye says:

    This is beautiful, Julie. So timely as I make my way back home where some difficult relationships lie. I knew I wanted to love with God’s love this whole trip, it was no accident this was the first post I read as we prepare to head out on our long journey. Thank you, Sweetie!! <3. Beautifully written and sung.

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  5. Kev says:

    Another Boooootiful song, Julie. Loved the piano tune. 🙂

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  6. Nate says:

    It all starts with having his love in our hearts.

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  7. lorriebowden says:

    Hey Julie…I wasn’t going to ask you because I didn’t think you would be interested (:() But after reading this I really would like to showcase your blog. I think you have the voice of an angel and your writing is so beautiful…so I am going to ask: Would you like to be a part of a Blog Hop? You answer 4 questions about your writing/projects…and then invite 3 others to join. Let me know…if not that is fine…but I wanted you to know you are on my list 🙂 Blessitude

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Sure- it may take me a little while, but I would be happy to participate 🙂

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      • lorriebowden says:

        Oh that’s so great!!! It will be easier for us to communicate through email…if you don’t mind can you go on my blog to the contact page…and send me a picture of you and a short bio. I will include that in my introduction…WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE!!

        You probably won’t have to post until 3-4 weeks. But that way I will have your email so I can give you the rest. I’m so happy you are going to do it 🙂

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      • lorriebowden says:

        Hi Julie. I just want to confirm that you want to do the Blog Tour. I have to post this coming Monday…so if you could send me a picture to use on my contact page by the weekend that would be great. You would have to do your post on 7/21/14. Thanks Julie!

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  8. Brittany says:

    Beautiful! I love old hymns set to new music! Simply beautiful! Great post as well. What a wonderful reminder.

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