I will be keeping this post a bit shorter than usual. Mainly because I have a question for you, yes, you! I am really contemplating the homework Sassy-girl gave me, you know, having to come up with what nurtures me. And I’m really having to think this one through. I don’t want to come up with some pat answer that skims the surface and then runs off to play.
All this contemplating has led to a question – and I really want to hear from you on this one. I hope you, too, will give it some thought and time, AND send me your thoughts. Here’s the question:
What is the connection, the correlation, the relationship between nurture and worship?
Now, while that one is rattling around in your head and heart – here’s a thought for today – which just so happens to be Valentine’s Day. As we celebrate love, is there any time for us to stop and consider if we are even using the word appropriately?
Here’s a benchmark for you. Not quite as well-known as I Corinthians 13, but filled with practical tips for demonstrating true love.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Romans 12:9-21 New Living Translation
Hope you’re having a beautiful day celebrating with those you love!