Forgiveness...this word has been haunting me lately! Tonight I realized that as much distance as there is between us and as much pain and anger we have in our history of siblinghood....I love my brother. I hate the life he has chosen for himself but that is not my problem...it's for God to deal with. All I know is that he is a hero. He did what most of us couldn't and fought for our freedom. He took a grenade to the leg fighting for me...for us...for our country and I should respect him for that. I wish he would run back to Jesus with open arms and I pray that one day this child he is bringing into the world will learn to love Jesus too. So I pray...for him....for the child and for my wicked heart.
1 John 4:7-21
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot [a] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Pray for my heart. I need this raw truth!