abide“Abide in My love.” - John 15: 9 I visited a friend in the hospital recently who ended up there due to self- neglect. Tests she put off, recurring health problems she chose to deny. For all her Christian service and care for other people, she saw no need to take care of herself.

Like so many people, her past is checkered with episodes of loss, abuse, pain, and heartache. Somehow, through the years, she came to believe a subtle lie that made her believe that she just isn’t important enough or worth enough to take the time to care for herself properly.

So many people I’ve met or counseled feel worthless and believe their lives are meaningless.

They are insecure, unsure of themselves, and often feel rejected and unloved by society or even the people around them. The woman at the office who never gets invited to anything, but puts on a brave face everyday. The man whose wife left him and he never quite knew why. People struggling with loneliness, difficult relationships, afraid of being hurt and rejected again…and again.

The world can be hard on our hearts!

That’s why it hurts us to look for love in all the wrong places, as the old song goes. 

Jesus invites us to live in His love. We don’t need to run from His love, be afraid of it, or fear the consequences. God didn’t just express His love from a lofty throne high up in the heavens. He came to earth to live among us, to care for people, to weep over their heartaches, to suffer and die.

He showed us the power and hope of life everlasting. 

He showed us how to love one another.

He came to prove more than a theology or found a religion. 

He came to teach us how to live in His love. To care for one another. To allow our hearts to embrace love without fear. To commit to love without holding back.

Dr. Karl Menninger said, “Love is the key to the entire therapeutic program of the modern psychiatric hospital.”

Just think. If we all would abide in the love of Jesus, how much healthier and blessed we would be.

“Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training.” —Dwight L. Moody

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