Love Requires Presence


May we be channels of peace, compassion and restoration.

(Listen to my song “Make Me a Channel” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Matthew 21:43

“Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”


Have you ever got so caught up in doing something exactly right…trying to be so perfect…that you became quite uptight and filled with angst?

Following the rules is generally a good thing but when it becomes an obsession you can become quite harsh and unloving.

This was the case with the chief priests and the Pharisees in Jesus’ day.

In today’s scripture verse, Jesus was again criticizing the religious leaders for being so engrossed in following the letter of the law that their hearts were hardened.

There was no “fruit” being produced from their actions.

The presence of God’s kingdom produces the fruit of love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion and fairness to all.

In God’s kingdom…Love always takes precedence over the law.

Whenever we are focused on being compassionately present to others…God’s kingdom comes to life in the here and now

The Love that we are then naturally flows from that Compassionate Presence into action

May we surrender our egos and open our hearts…so that we might produce the fruit of God’s kingdom.


Listen to the song of the day “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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