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Love Deeply by Kim Potter

If you are going to err, always err on the side of love.  This was instruction I was given many years ago when I was seeking counsel about a certain situation.

This counsel has come to mind many times over the years. Most recently, yesterday when a friend asked me for counsel about a situation he was in.

He explained the situation to me and shared how this person was mocking him and not believing as he was even though they are in covenant. As I listened to him, several scriptures immediately came to mind.

The first one is found in 2 Kings 7:18-19 and says; it happened just as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying 'Two measures of barley for a shekel and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, will be sold tomorrow about this time at the gate of Samaria.'  Then the royal office answered the man of God and said, 'now behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?' and he said 'Behold, you will see it with your eyes, but you will not eat of it.'

The next scripture that came into my heart was found in Proverbs 13:12; hope deferred makes the heart sick.

One translation says; unrelenting disappointment makes the heart sick.

Finally, the verse from 1 Peter 4:8; love covers a multitude of sins.

 

As I listened to the Spirit of God within me, I knew what He was saying.  He was showing me this person has been hurt and disappointed by this situation repeatedly.  Because of that disappointment, they were unable to believe as they once had.  I could also sense there was something in them that really wanted to believe but was afraid to believe, they were afraid to be disappointed yet again.  He was also saying, you can respond with judgment or mercy.

I shared this with my friend and helped him to see it from a different perspective, God's perspective.

It's funny to me that God gave me two scriptures that seemed to contradict one another and the choice of how to handle it or pray was up to us.  With one, we could say 'oh yes, you will see it, but you won't eat of it.'  Or we could say 'let God's love in me cover the hurt and disappointment and help you to believe again.'

If you are going to err, err on the side of love.

You can't out-love God.  You can't sow too much love.  God is love.  Sometimes we are quick to judge and quick to use a scripture against people, when we could love them instead.  I don't know about you but I thank God, that God gave me love when I didn't deserve it.  I thank God that His love covered a multitude of sins in my own life.  I am thankful for His mercy and His love and I want to be very careful with His people, I want to love them well, just as He loves me.

I love what 1 Peter 4:8 says; Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

The truth in a person's life is not always on the surface, sometimes you must go deep.  Sometimes you must love a little deeper to see the root problem of their lack of faith.  For this reason, we must love deeper. 

The Bible says, 'what we sow, we will SURELY reap.'  This is truth, I have seen it in my life many times.  In my earlier days, much earlier, I sowed more judgment than mercy, and I used the word of God to do it.  However, I have learned a great deal in the last 30 years.  I sow love, if I am going to err, I will err on the side of love.  After all, that is the side of God and I am safe in Him. 

Friends, before you judge, love deeply and ask God to show you their heart.  It might just change your perspective and your response.

 

Prayer for Today:  

Father, we thank you for your love, may your love flow out of us to others, every day in and every situation.  This we ask in Jesus name.  Amen.

A New Thing Ministries

Kim Potter