FORGIVE One Another

It’s _____ ONE ANOTHER WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’re looking at how the Bible says we should fill in that blank.

Today’s word? FORGIVE. Here’s what the Bible says about that:

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:2)

When I have trouble forgiving others, I try to remember two rather humbling stories. We’ve shared ’em before here on GUWG but I just loooooove ’em and think they’re worth repeating.

ENCOURAGE One Another

It’s _____ ONE ANOTHER WEEK here on GUWG, where each day we’re taking a look at how the Bible says we should fill in that blank.

Yesterday, we started with Jesus’ command to LOVE one another. Today’s blank-filler offers a concrete way to live that out.

Encourage one another and build each other up.
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

How often should we encourage one another and why should we do it?

____ One Another

It’s _____ ONE ANOTHER WEEK here on GUWG.

Christianity is all about relationships: our relationship with (1) God and (2) others. That’s pretty much it.

So how exactly are we supposed to relate to our fellow earthlings, many of whom are nearly as messed up as we are? We’ll be answering that question all week long, as we look at how the Bible fills in the above blank.

Live a Life of Love

It’s SHARE YOUR FAITH WITHOUT FREAKING OUT WEEK here on GUWG.

Here’s one of my all-time favorite quotes from St. Francis of Assisi:

Proclaim the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.

Accordingly, I’ll keep my blah blah blah to a minimum today. Instead, let’s focus on what the Bible says about this subject:

Love Your Enemies. Now. Seriously.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)

Think of the one person on this planet whom you despise more than anyone else. Here’s what Jesus says we should do about people like that:

Love them.
Pray for them.

What would happen if people actually took Jesus’ words seriously? Think we’d have less war? Fewer shootings in our neighborhoods?

Do You Love Jesus?

It’s BIG QUESTIONS WEEK here on GUWG where all week long we’ve been looking at deep, thought-provoking ?s from the Bible.

Jesus was about to leave Earth. He grilled out with his disciples one last time and then he took Peter aside and asked him this question:

Lay It Down

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

Want to show real love? Lay down your life for others.

Here’s a real-life example …

A man named Maximilian Kolbe oversaw a monastery in Poland. After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Father Kolbe turned the monastery into a sanctuary that housed thousands of Poles and Jews seeking refuge.

Kolbe also published a monthly magazine with a readership of about one million. The Nazis weren’t big fans of his anti-Gestapo pro-God writings. They allowed him to print one final issue in December 1940, hoping he would say something incriminating.

Did Kolbe hold back, knowing the Nazis were reading? Nope. Here are just a few of his words: