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Summary: Let us ask the Lord to help His love overflow from our hearts and minds as prescribed by the word of the one who said, "By this will all men know that you are my disciples when you have love for one another."

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A New Year’s Resolution to Love as Jesus Loves

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Illustration:A father wanted to read the paper, but was being bothered by his little

daughter, Vanessa. Finally, he tore a sheet out of his magazine, on

which was printed the map of the world. Tearing it into small pieces, he

gave it to Vanessa, and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can

put this together."

After a few minutes, Vanessa returned and handed him the map correctly

fitted together. The father was surprised and asked how she had

finished so quickly.

"Oh," she said, "on the other side of the paper was a picture of Jesus.

When I got Jesus in His place, then the world came out all right."

Illustration: One evening while appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live, Jack Kemp, the honorable congressman from New York, made an insightful comment about the religious right when he said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” A book about how to overcome fears of and anger for the reactionary religious right, would be incomplete without a description of Paul’s teachings on love in I Corinthians 13.

Illustration:

When I first used WordStar, I did a spellcheck. It rejected ’Jesus’ as unrecognizable. I commanded it to accept ’Jesus’, which it did. Since accepting ’Jesus’, I haven’t had any trouble with the wordprocessor. - Pastor Norman Bromley

Illustation: Perfect love is able to cast away fear, anger or anything hindering communications. One day when the author was waiting in a hospital, the Lord taught me to overcome misunderstandings of His will through a little Nigerian boy named Nuhu. Having served as a missionary in Nigeria the Lord taught my many visits to the hospital in a variety of ways.

As I sat waiting for a blood test in a hospital in Nigeria, I noticed a small little boy sitting next to me. I asked him “What is your name?” He said in a muffled tone, “Nuhu.” I could see that the little fellow was very afraid of having his blood taken for the first time. When the nurse appeared in her white uniform, something strange happened to Nuhu. He turned and look at me with trembling lips shook his head and said, “Waiyo” – which in the Hausa language means ‘I am a goner! There is no hope for me. I will probably end up dead in a few short minutes. Even God cannot save me now!’

As I sat there watching little Nuhu walk into the lab with the nurse holding his hand I thought, that is the way most people view their relationship with God. When the Lord calls them through adversity, sickness or some set-back, they immediately think, “Oh No! What have I done to deserve this? God is really going to punish me now.”

Many people seem to fear God in an unhealthy way. Perhaps, they really do not know that God allows things to come into our lives for their best interests. When people really know the Lord, they understand that He allows hardships for their good so that He can give the treatment we need. He wants us to become more like Jesus. His ways are higher than our ways and His thought are higher than our thoughts. He works in ways we cannot see. Jeremiah 29:11 says,


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