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Picture this: you’re talking with a group of others (family, colleagues, friends) and somebody else’s name comes up. They’re not currently in the room, but their name comes up in the conversation. What do you say about them?
While there are a lot of ways you can love others, one way that often gets overlooked is considering how well you speak of others even when they’re not present.
The principle to live by is this: Don’t say anything about somebody else that you wouldn’t say if they were in the room with you.
As Proverbs 11:12-13 reads:
It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor;
a sensible person keeps quiet.
A gossip goes around telling secrets,
but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.
What is love? Love is choosing to become more and more like Jesus.
READING & PRAYERS:
Take the opportunity to write the following prayers down at least once a day to help these truths transform your life.
Heavenly Father, help me to remember today and every day that I am totally, completely, wholeheartedly, and unconditionally loved by You. No matter what I do, no matter what I say, no matter what mistakes I’ve made…nothing, absolutely nothing can separate me from Your love. May this truth permeate every aspect of being and transform any unhealthy thoughts I may have about You, myself, or others. In Jesus’ name. Amen. (Romans 8:38-39, Romans 12:2)
Heavenly Father, help me to remember that it is Your ongoing kindness which draws me closer to You and leads me away from sin. Today, may I accept Your invitation to reflect the wonders of Your love and kindness toward others in everything I do and say. In Jesus’ name. Amen. (Romans 2:4, Ephesians 4:32, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Luke 6:27-36).
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