Words from the Heart for Monday July 20th, 2020
We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.
2 Corinthians 6:6 (NLT)
In an article the Globe and Mail published a few years ago, Annie Kidder said this about her sincere love for Canada: “I was driven back and forth across Canada many times as a child, and I have done the journey with my own children. That trip – even with the endlessness of Northern Ontario – has built in me my love for this country. Holding your breath in the tunnels in mountains (so you get your wish), the endless skies of the Prairies, the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes, and just the amazing ancientness of the land, all of those things connected by one long highway. For me, that’s the Canada I love.
The story is told of a woman who said to her husband one day, “today is my 34th wedding anniversary.” The husband, not cluing in even with that huge hint, mindlessly responded “congratulations.” I suspect the rest of that anniversary day didn’t go as well as it could have. If a marriage is going to work, there must be sincere love between husband and wife. Sincere love is expressed in a number of small and great ways on an ongoing basis over a lifetime. No wonder the apostle Paul would write in 2 Corinthians 6:6: “We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.” Paul here is speaking about how he has lived his life before other Christians so they knew that he was a genuine believer and a servant of Christ. To use the theme of an old song, he proved he was a Christian by his love. We are all called to that same high standard.
These have been words from the heart.