"As of today I am removing myself from your email list. I no longer wish to have someone tell me to pray for In-Laws who have done nothing but bad mouth me, and try to get between me and my husband. My mother-in-law is like the devil himself. I truly do not believe that Jesus wants me to love and pray for the devil. If Jesus expects me to love my mother-in-law, then Jesus is expecting too much. I'm only human. If Jesus loves my mother-in-law that's his choice. I go to church. I love God, but, I hate her and always will." And with that she removed herself. She is gone.
We all have trouble with the Love part of the Gospel. I don't mean the love one another part, though some people SEEM impossible to love. No.. we all have trouble with the "For God so loved the world" part. The tragedy of this reader isn't that she doesn't love her mother-in-law (though that is tragic). The tragedy is that she has not fully received God's love for her - because if she had - she would LOVE her mother-in-law.
When I - or anyone - fully grasp - through the POWER of THE HOLY SPIRIT - how DEEP God's love is for me... it will HUMBLE ME. It will FLOOR me. It will remove PRIDE. I don't deserve that love. But He gives it anyway. And once I receive that love......if I TRULY receive it.. then the ONLY thing I care to do with it is to GIVE IT AWAY.
If I don't want to GIVE love away, then that is the EVIDENCE that I have never truly grasped or understood or received God's love to begin with. And that is the greatest tragedy of losing my reader. She will never learn love. And learning love is the the foundation of what God is trying to teach every one of His children.
LOVE is a gift or it isn't LOVE at all.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8I'm sorry I lost a reader yesterday. Pray for her.