Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Welcome to MaverickRx Fruit of the Spirit Challenge.  We’re happy that you’ve decided to join us to reflect on how to better live in alignment with the nine Fruits of the Spirit.  First, we think its incredibly important to note that we are not experts in how to live in perfect Christian alignment.  We are simply trying to steer a course for ourselves and engage with you in conversation and action that nurtures connection with one another and God.  That being the case, we believe you’ll get more from the challenge if you can join us on Facebook at 8:15 Thursday mornings to talk about the weekly theme.  

Let’s get to it!  This week we’re talking about LOVE!  

SCRIPTURE:

Leviticus 19:18 New International Version (NIV)
18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”


REFLECTION:

Overwhelmed by messages of hate, anger, division, and unrest – people have become comfortable biting each others heads off, acting out in anger, and disrespecting difference.  It is easy to lash out.  

Rhonda and I lean in differing political positions.  We’ve spent several uncomfortable hours in conversation, certainly rubbing each other the wrong way at times.  We don’t yell.  We don’t call each other names.  We listen and talk.  Sometimes it is hard to listen to different view points.  

We have much more in common, of course, than we do in conflict.  We both love God.  We encourage our spiritual relationships, we connect over stories of marriage, mothering, and menopause.  Most importantly though, we’ve learned that to love a friend is to respect each other’s right to have her own opinion.

In the book of Leviticus we are asked to love our neighbors.  Even when our neighbor is of a different race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or just disagrees with us.  Leviticus 19:18 asks us to look at the world and the people within it through the lense of love – and treat them well.  It is often hard work to do.  But the action of living life through the lense of love is the most critical work of all.  

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE:

This week on social media filter your comments, posts, and images through the lense of love.  Is your participation in the social space shining positive light into the world? 

Share a message of LOVE on social media with #lovewins and tag @MaverickRx on Facebook.  If you’d like to use one of our challenge images CLICK HERE

To join the challenge today!

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