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Love 101--or The Stupidiot's Guide to Love

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- by Debbie (from Missouri,we miss you, Deb, and are glad you are sharing your voice with us from afar.  It's the perfect way to end our Summer of Love blog series)

Over the last few years Steve and I have found many ways to communicate love to each other. One of the least effective of these had been the spoken word. Mind you we both adore words, remember we met on Writing.Com, and we respectorate langunication and the fine art of using just the exacurate word for any given circumtuation. So in an effort to make verbulating fun, we’ve come up with our own langbullary. We like to make a game of finding two equafective words and comboining them into a superfective verbacular. This is how we show affectionation to each other.

Jesus also uses His words to communicate love. First to us, then He tells us how we are to love those He places in our lives. He gives us simple truths, and rather than riskify messing with His perfexcellence, I’d rather call to your recolembrance some of the words He chose -- in John 13, 14 & 15 -- to teach us how to truly love.

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples. If you love me, you will obey my commandments. Whoever accepts my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. My Father will love whoever loves me; I too will love him and reveal myself to him. Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and my Father and I will come to him and live with him. I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. This, then, is what I command you: love one another.

It’s really very uncomplicult. If we love one another we are obeying Him, which is loving Him. We can strive to do this in our own flesh, and do some pretty cool things in this life, OR we can abide in Him, i.e., hang with, talk to, listen to, adore, long for, appreciate, laugh with, cry with, make our BFF! Then let His splendificent love flow from us so that we can do some really cool things in this life…that will ripple into infiternity!

The band MercyMe seems to like words too, of course they also throw in a little melarmody and call it a song. I think this one sums up exacurately what I’m trying to say. You can hear it here: or simply read the words:

I can be there for you when it can’t get much harder.
I can cover your head when life starts to rain.
I can hold on tight when it feels like you’re falling.
I can bread-crumb the path when you’ve lost your way.

I can make you laugh when the whole world is crying.

I can build you up when you’re broken in shame.
But if all that we do is absent of Jesus.
Then this “so called” love is completely in vain.

I want to love better. I want to love eternally, and I’m pretty sure I know where to start.
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