This is an interesting word for me, it seemed clearer and easier when I was younger. Now when I hear the word love, it is filtered through a fog of disappointment, failure, false expectations, and a fair amount of cynicism. That fog is probably my narcissistic bent, that old I, me, my default. Grrr… Why is it so hard for me to comprehend that love is not all about me? Slowly I am realizing that true love really has a profound “others” component to it, and it seems to begin with loving God first. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37) You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Hmm? Maybe this is the source of my fog, I have not truly loved God with all my heart, soul, and might. I want to!

Lord, thank You for the command to love You with all of me, then to love others. Help me love You and others as You have loved me.

I love You God. I trust You God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You God.

—Robin

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