Love Changes Everything

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Allow the path of compassion to transform you.

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As part of today’s reflection, listen to my song “Make Me a Channel” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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Amos 5:14

Seek good and not evil, that you may live.

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Seems a pretty simple thing to do, doesn’t it?

Sometimes it’s obvious what is the good thing and what is the evil thing – but not always.

Sometimes life hands us tough choices.

If you live long enough, you will be dragged out into the gray areas…the places beyond black and white answers.

It’s easy today to get caught up in our political or religious agendas.

Of course, each of us usually thinks that I am right and the other side is wrong.

I am not immune to that experience.

Let’s go to Jesus for a little advice.

Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God with your whole heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).

To love is the most important thing.

And don’t forget that Jesus also said to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).

And then there’s the Sermon on the Mount, also known as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), where he says blessed are the merciful and the peacemakers.

When we wish to do what is good, we would do well to filter our decisions through these teachings.

(They have wreaked havoc on the opinions and agendas of my younger days.)

If we lived by Jesus’ teachings, our actions would allow justice to surge like waters, and goodness like an unfailing stream (Amos 5:24).

After all, that is what God is doing in the evolving and ongoing plan of creation.

Aligning ourselves with the Flow of Goodness is truly having life to the full.

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

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” 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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