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 2021 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.

Jesus Speaks

Our 40-day journey with Jesus draws nearer to its climax.

Here’s today’s question: What would you do if you knew you only had a few days to live?

Jesus spent much of his last week on earth preaching and teaching. He didn’t want anyone to miss his message.

Some of his core themes that week:

Revolutionary Love

GUWG-Cross-HeartWe continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the  of Jesus.

We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.

Today, we come to what a theologian named John Stott called the “highest point of the Sermon on the Mount.” I love how he describes it:

It is both most admired and most resented, namely the attitude of total love which Christ calls us to show towards one who is evil and our enemies. Nowhere is the challenge of the Sermon greater. Nowhere is the distinctness of the Christian counter-culture more obvious. Nowhere is our need of the power of the Holy Spirit (whose first fruit is love) more compelling.

Pray through these words with all your :

LOVE Test

We conclude our LOVE-O-RAMA 2021 festivities here on GUWG with a little test to see if you’ve been paying attention.

1.  Love …
a. Is patient and kind
b. Does not envy
c. Is not rude
d. Is not self-seeking
e. All of the above

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We continue LOVE-O-RAMA 2021 with:

GOD’S ADVICE FOR RELATIONSHIPS

Someone shared the following verses with my wife and me at a point in our marriage when we weren’t being all that LOVE-ly to one another:

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything …

Yes! I remember thinking. If only she would do everything I say, our lives would be a whole lot better. But, unfortunately, there was more.

LOVE Prayer

LOVE-O-RAMA 2021 continues with a little love prayer …

LOVE Words

GUWG-Heart-Jesus-GrinchLOVE-O-RAMA 2019 continues here on GUWG.

Question: According to experts, what’s the absolute #1 cause of failure in relationships, business, medicine, politics, war and
maybe even religion?

Answer: Crummy communication. We don’t wield words wisely.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, there has been an absolute communication explosion lately. Google the word “communication” and you get 2.29 billion hits. There are 332,325 communication books on Amazon.com. We sent more than 50 trillion e-mails in the past year. Facebook has more than a billion users sharing private intimate communications with complete strangers. There are more than 300,000 Twitter tweets every single minute. The average teenager sends 3,399 texts each month. But it’s not just teenagers – studies show a rapid increase in texting even by octogenarians.

So … is all this communication making life better? In study after study, people report feeling more depressed, disconnected and un-LOVED than ever before. We can all help change that sad state of affairs one word at a time.

Here’s where it all starts, according to Jesus:

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45)

Answer this little question before you say another word on this planet:

What is YOUR full of?

Ask God to fill your to overflowing with LOVE before you even think about opening your mouth.

And then do this:

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

How often should we do that?

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today.” (Hebrews 3:13)

Times are tough out there. People are hurting. Ask God to help you encourage as many of your fellow humans as possible today. And tomorrow. And each day after that.

So …

Encourage your spouse. Encourage your kids. Encourage your parents. Encourage your friends. Encourage your co-workers. Encourage your boss. Encourage your dentist. Encourage your gastroenterologist.

The possibilities are endless.

USE
LOVE
WORDS

For more, check out our 187% free ebook: Love Everybody. Now. Seriously. Please.

(Sources: Google.com; Amazon.com; Radicati Group, Inc., Email Statistics Report 2012-16; Newsroom.fb.com/company-info; Internetlivestats.com; The Nielsen Company; Mashable.com)

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