Words from the Heart for Saturday November 6th, 2021

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Romans 12:10 (NLT)

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Genuine Affection

In writing about his annual trek from Ottawa to Thunder Bay, expressing his genuine affection for Canada, Kevin Page, Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer writes, “It’s the journey of going home. Two days of pure bliss on the roads. For me, the rugged landscapes on the north of Lake Superior are as beautiful as any in the world. I love the vastness of the Great Lakes and the big rocks and hills shaped by glaciers many years ago. I love the smell of cut wood as the logging trucks go flying by.

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We all have people for whom we have genuine affection. It might be our mom and dad, or our spouse of many years. But it could also be a friend who has been through challenging times with us, or a pastor who has been a blessing over the years. Paul speaks about this in Romans 12:10: “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” In John 17 Jesus prays for us – for His followers throughout all generations – that there would be a unity among us, just as He and His Heavenly Father are one. That can only happen as we have a genuine affection for each other within the body of Christ. I believe that one of the marks of being a follower of Jesus is that you love other followers of Jesus. We may not agree 100% on every minute aspect of theology, but we are called to have genuine affection for each other, to deeply care for each other as Jesus cares for us. That can only happen as we pray for each other, care for each other and serve the Lord Jesus together.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley