What are my gifts?  What does God call me to do?  Do you ever ask those questions?  It feels like I do more and more.  The Bible tells us that we all have gifts.  God has given us the tools that we need.  We just need to use them.  I think I have been spending too much time trying to figure out what I should be doing instead of just doing what I know I need to do.  Today I was directed by a study group to read Peter:

The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers.  Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:7-11

As  I read this, my eyes fall on this line: “Above all let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sin.”  I may not know exactly what specific thing God is calling me to do — but maybe I am letting myself get lost in the weeds.  Love more.  Isn’t that what He is calling us to do?  And won’t everything else flow from that?  Love more.  Isn’t that the answer?

Love more.  Let your love be intense — for everyone — not just the easy ones, your spouse and kids, mom and dad  — but for everyone.  Love more.  Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  (Not always that easy.)  Love more.  Use your gifts to serve one another.  I may not know what gifts I have.  I may not know the exact plan for these gifts, but I know that God calls us to love.  He calls us to serve one another.   I could go crazy trying to figure out the plan for my life, or I could just love.  And serve.  Love covers a multitude of sins.

Lord,

You have blessed me with so many gifts.  Help me to use them in the way you intended.  Help me to use them to love and serve others.

One thought on “When In Doubt… LOVE

  1. Patty, although you posted this a few days ago, I read it and have been trying to keep it in mind everyday. I sometimes failed but it has really helped me through this stressful time at work. And thank you for sharing your love of Christ and the love you pour into these blogs – this is one of your gifts!
    Love is one of the greatest gifts God gave us. It’s humbling to me as I thought about this over the past few days. The results of love is friendship, patience, acceptance, joy, helpfulness, appreciation, generosity, family, peace, and so much more that I can’t list them all. And especially, a love and relationship with God. So it’s obvious that Love DOES cover multitude of sins – all the opposites of the mentioned and more. Love conquers evil. Love prevails! Love. Love all the time. I have been working these past few days on loving when people or things don’t go the way they should. I am going to start to try to find something to love in things that I typically don’t like much less love. Such as I don’t like to come home after working over time and making dinner late – but I love the people I make it for. I appreciate that I have food on the table. I will be joyful when my family likes what I have made. The meal time will help build my relationship with my family. My tiredness has turned from dread to a loving act.
    Lord, thank you for all your love. Thank you for sharing your gift of love so that we can share it with others. Thank you for the love you give me even when I fail to love others or even you. Please help me to remember to love and to find your love because I know your love is everywhere, even when I don’t see it.

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