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Learning To Love Like Jesus

(By Rachel Joyce)

Your lavish love

Pours out extravagantly,

Not only on the obedient,

But on the unworthy, the ungrateful,

On us.

And You say,

“Love like Me, my child,

Gently and patiently,

Be selfless and kind

To all.

Not just

To the righteous, those who seek Me,

But to the critics,

Cynics, slanderers, those

Who hate.”

Really Lord?

Must I? It feels so unfair.

The wounds are so deep,

But You gently repeat

“Love like Me.”

How can I

Who have known such love

Not love in return?

Love through me

O, Lord of love.

Fill me.

Overflow my heart

With Your love

When I have none

Of my own.

Let Your love

O, Savior mine,

So freely given to me,

Be freely given by me

To all I know,


Of who they are

Or what they do

Help me love with

Your love.

And so I rest

In Your great love, flowing

To me and through me

From my God,

The Lord of love.

Photo Credit: Benjamin Joyce

“See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35).


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