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:

Lift Weights

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Look around you today.

See anyone who needs help? Pitch in.

See anyone who’s down? Lift ’em.

See anyone who’s tired, stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated and/or maxed out (in other words, 99.9999999% of the people in the world)? Love ’em.

SPIRIT WEEK: Love

LOVE-ICONIt’s SPIRIT WEEK 2017 here on GUWG. For the next few days, we’ll be taking a closer look at each fruit of the Spirit.

Today’s featured fruit: LOVE.

Why love? There’s a reason love is first on the list. At its heart, the Bible is one gigantic love-fest. In fact, God IS love. The Bible says:

Praying Hands

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

We continue our PRAYER-O-RAMA 2017 festivities with a little story about the painting to the right …

Two struggling art students, Albrecht Dürer and Franz Knigstein, were having trouble making ends meet. Albrecht came up with a plan: he would work to support Franz’s studies and then when Franz had sold enough art to support both of them, Albrecht would quit working and go back to school. Franz liked the idea but insisted on being the first to work.