Today’s Encouragement

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Romans 13:8-10 ESV).

This coming Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. However, there is no resurrection without a death. As we look at our verses for today, we see that love is the prevailing virtue. Easter weekend is the ultimate in love.

Jesus Christ loves each one of us so much that He died in our place so we may live eternally with Him. He, Himself, said there was no greater love than to lay down ones life for His friends (John 15:13). He also gave us the commandment to love one another as ourselves.

We live in an era in which love is primarily displayed between people with the same school of thought. General kindness and thoughtfulness towards others is difficult to find on a regular basis. Many people think this is a good thing, but it plight not be so. However, the wonderful thing about Jesus is that when He truly is the ruler of our hearts, we are emboldened to take those little steps of kindness, love and generosity. In doing so, we fulfill the commandments He gave.

I challenge you to begin sprinkling seeds of love, of kindness, of generosity, of encouragement. All the seeds you sprinkle are going to produce a harvest. Let’s make it an abundant one!

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