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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to understand good morals when applying them to ourselves?  You know… 
        Don’t lie about me!  
                 Don’t steal from me! 
                          Don’t cheat on me!  
Yet when the Bible tells us to love our neighbor as our self… it seems a bit harder.  In reality- if we loved others even half as much as we love ourselves and love to please ourselves… we wouldn’t have many of the daily struggles we face as we strive to live the Christian life.

And the crazy part is… that’s all God asks us to do.  He knows that if we just truly took hold of the meaning of living a life where we love our neighbor as our self… the rest of the law wouldn’t even need to be addressed! We wouldn’t be lying, cheating, stealing, envious, gossiping, or backstabbing.  That might seem a bit harsh- but even if we sugarcoat our “little sins” they are a dark contrast to God’s righteousness.

Take some time today to read God’s Word, meditate upon it, and ask God to show you what it truly means to “love one another” and to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” As we go about our day… let’s be mindful of our actions, attitudes, and answers.  

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”  Romans 13: 8,9,10
Some things in life are universal. Though we may live in different lands, different cultures, have a different background… there are some things we ALL need. Instead of waiting for someone to come along and fulfill our needs- why don’t we choose to be the one who reaches out and gives.

Every woman needs encouragement.  We have an example in Proverbs 31 of a virtuous woman. In her tongue was the law of kindness. A kind and gentle word can soothe so many pains and comfort such a broken heart. We must pray daily for God to sand off those rough edges that sharpen our tongue- and we must choose to speak with kindness.

Every woman needs forgiveness.  Let’s face it.  We have all opened our mouth and said things we shouldn’t have. The worst thing about saying something hurtful is that it can’t be unsaid.  What we can do is give others the same grace that we would hope to get. We can realize that people say stupid things. If you have heard something negative that has been said about you- instead of stewing over it- PRAY over it. Choose to give grace and forgive.

Let us choose to forgive.

Let us choose to speak in kindness.

And let us choose to encourage one another.


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