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Lean Into God 2021

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For today's reading, verses 9 and 17 stuck out for me.


Verse 9 NLT

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, (KJV - He that covereth a transgression seeketh love), but dwelling on it separates close friends.


Verse 17 KJV

A friend loveth at all times,


I really reflected on the differences in my friendships in my teenage years, 20's, and now 30's. When you are younger, you value friendships based on the number of years and as you mature, you value friendships on their quality. One thing for sure is love is a necessary component of friendships. One would ask, "Can I love you when you hurt me?" and the answer is simple, you can. The question then becomes, "do you?". "Do I love you enough to forgive? Do I love you enough to work it out? Do I love you enough to be honest with you about how I am feeling about something you did? "Do I love you enough to forgive, let it go, and intentionally grow past this experience?" The word says that "a friend loveth at all times," so if we don't love, we have to search ourselves. "Love prospers when a fault is forgiven." I have found that we will sometimes apply that principle with a romantic partner quicker and more often than we will with a friend. There is no difference. Christ is love and if He dwelled on our transgressions, we would surely be separated from His love. Thank God that we were loved when He sent His only begotten son. Thank God we were loved when Jesus declared, "nevertheless, let your will be done". How high are we that we "can't" love through transgressions; can't forgive; can't move on?"

Olive Thomas
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