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What it looks like to love others with actions and in truth

From the grand bed to the beautiful view, the room was magnificent. Left to settle in, unexpected luxuries caught my attention.

The plush, white robe draped across the bed, the window seat sprinkled with pillows overlooking the towering trees, the chaise lounge tucked comfortably into the corner. Slowly, subtle touches began to draw my eye. Freshly cut hydrangeas, my favorite flower, filled the vases. A basket filled with healthy treats greeted me upon entering the bathroom.

As my friend departed we agreed on having no agenda for the rest of the afternoon. At the end of an amazing, phenomenal, non-stop conference we were both weary for different reasons. As an attendee, my exhaustion was the result of soaking up every minute of worship, encouragement and training. Her fatigue resulted from serving.

Changing into lounge clothes and grabbing water from the basket of treats, I climbed onto the inviting bed. Laying my journal, bible, and notes from the weekend in front of me I relaxed and experienced refreshment. Wandering downstairs a few hours later, I found my hostess in the pool enjoying a Sabbath rest.

Slipping into my suit we lounged side-by-side sharing, reading, and enjoying quiet. Finding rest for our weary souls.

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As nightfall approached we parted ways and headed to our rooms. Preparing for bed I thanked God for the loving people in my life. This friend, who gifted me with valuable time of rest, has only been a part of my life for the past 9 months. A week together in the Holy Land solidified our new friendship, and although this was only our second time together, I felt as if I’d know her my entire life. There are times I walk into someone’s life, or home, and feel complete comfort and ease. That’s how it is with this friend.

This treasured mentor loves me from afar through texts filled with encouragement, wise counsel, and practical advice. Showing me what investing in others looks like.

Without a doubt I’m assured my friend loves the Lord! How do I know? Because she loves others so well.

Will you love someone today? The Bible tells us in John 3:18 to love others with “actions and in truth.” A simple act of love, a word of encouragement, a reminder of God’s words. These are all ways we show love. Hold your child when he fails. Tell your husband how much you appreciate his provision. Text a hurting friend reminding them of Truth.

Follow Christ. Live an example. Love others. Pray for an open door to share how they too can follow Him.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:36-39

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