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The Best Gift

This image from 1 year ago popped up on my TimeHop today.

 

 

The caption beneath it was this scripture:
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
My quiet time today was spent in the Bible study ‘Momentum’ by Colin Smith, and I was given this same scripture in Romans.  I do not think this is coincidental, nor do I think it is by chance.  I think it was a reminder which was greatly needed in order to help me to not focus on myself nor on the circumstances that surround me, but to focus upward on God and to be aware of how I can walk in the Spirit serving others God places in my path.
God’s greatest command for us is to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind.
God’s 2nd greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)
Love.
Love is the greatest of all these …  “faith, hope, charity and love”.
True Love.
True love is to be able to rejoice with those who rejoice, and to weep with those who weep….even if the one who rejoices or the one who weeps is not so lovable.

“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”  
Luke 6:32-36 (NKJV)
What a great word to me this morning during my Bible study, as well as the reminder of the same from exactly one year ago today!
 
Rejoice with those who rejoice . . .
Weep with those who weep . . .
 

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