Live to Love

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, The Summer Day


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John 14:1

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”


Jesus also said that if you knew him then you would also know God (John 8:19).

And what do we see in Jesus?

We see a man of compassion, forgiveness, and justice.

He confronts unjust powers who are oppressing those who are being excluded.

But Jesus always confronts with non-violence. (The one exception was when he overturned the tables in the temple. But his aggression was aimed at the tables, not people. And it also was his grand attempt to get the attention of both the government and religious oppressors.)

Jesus was always upholding what he said were the two greatest commandments: Love God with your whole heart, soul and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).

He said that all laws must be filtered through these commands.

We see that while God is a God of justice, that justice is always accomplished through love.

Love holds you accountable but always aims to restore and redeem you.

This is not retributive justice but restorative justice.

After today’s scripture verse, Jesus went on to say that there are many dwelling places in God’s house and that he will prepare a place for each one of us there (John 14:2-3).

No wonder Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled!

Love is our Source and Destination.

Love will have the final say.

Why not let Love have that ‘say’ now?

Why wait until physical death and then have to face the extreme disappointment that you wasted this precious life?

Allow this unconditional Love to transform you.

Live in that Love.

The Gospel will come to life in you now and forever!


Listen to the song of the day “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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