Wisdom From the World
“Remember relationships help you heal everything that is not loving in you and about you.” – Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.
“Being so close to someone-which marriage necessitates- may be the greatest spiritual challenge in the world. There is no “resting” because I am under virtual twenty-four hour surveillance.” – Gary Thomas
Wisdom From the Word
“And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend, and its unwritten companion, “Hate your enemy”. I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst…
That is what God does, He gives His best- the sun to warm and the rain to nourish- to everyone regardless: the good and the bad, the nice and the nasty. If all you do is love the loveable, do you expect a bonus? Anyone can do that…
In a word, what I am saying is Grow up, You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously towards others, the way God lives toward you.” – Matthew 5:41-48 (The Message)
Keep Me Real, Lord!
“Lord, I want to keep growing as a loving person, mate, parent, grandparent and friend. Yet when an interaction with someone confronts me with my anti-love tendencies, please help me to bring these tendencies to you for transformation. Help me to own my failure to love that person and ask for forgiveness.
When my mate’s anti-love tendencies are exposed, help me to be gracious and generous, always willing to believe we can begin again. Help me never to use that knowledge as exhibit ‘A’ when I am angry or to humiliate him/her or to gain power over him/her.
Help me to keep short accounts and to offer the kind of grace I have received from you Lord.”