Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 Live in Love (Edstrom)2017-03-22T04:46:21+00:00

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Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2

Live in Love

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Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2

Live in Love

By Lois Parker Edstrom

You will meet people who are unpleasant, unkind, cranky, and short-tempered. It must be miserable to waste even one day or even a minute being unhappy. These unhappy people may say or do something that hurts you or makes you angry.

Your first reaction might be to respond to them in the same way––with anger. You may feel like saying unpleasant things back to them.

Stop and think before you respond. I have a quote by a wise philosopher that hangs above my desk and it has helped me to remember this: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” (Philo)

We don’t know what hardships and troubles others have. We don’t know of their illnesses and hurts and problems. Perhaps they have been mistreated by someone.

The Bible is very clear about this matter and we are encouraged to “…be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

We all make mistakes. We have done things we wish we hadn’t. We have acted in ways that were not pleasant. God loves us and forgives us for those mistakes we have made. We can use that love to be kind and forgive others. “Live in love.”

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan