By Rev. Doug Clay
Isn’t funny how we have a tendency to forget what we should remember and remember the things that we should forget?
Scotty Smith, in his book Everyday Prayers writes a prayer inspired by 1 John 4:16, NLT:
Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.
“Gracious Jesus, I’m remembering today to love all kinds of people in all situations. This would be impossible if you didn’t love us as you do.
Help me, Lord, love all the members of my family. They are at the same time the easiest and the hardest people to love, day in and day out. Help me to provoke one another to love and good deeds . . . not just provoke!
Help me love my friends. Help me know when to share feedback to my friends and when to just actively listen and be present.
Help me know how to love the irritating people in my life, those that I try to avoid.
Help me know how to love the foolish people in my life, the ones that are making destructive choices, the ones I get frustrated at.
Help me to know how to love the depressed people in my life. Those that I instinctively try to fix to make happy, but I know that’s not what they need from me.”
I want to always remember that people are my greatest asset; I want to keep working at loving them. After all, the Bible says:
I John 4:20-21, MSG
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
Make a great day!
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.