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An Epistle of Love
I John 4:7-21
Love is a decision!
7 Dear friends, let us love one another. . .
A little girl wrote to her preacher: Dear Preacher, I heard you say to love our enemies. I am only six and do not have any yet. I hope to have some when I am seven. Love, Jennifer. --National Preaching Summit Newsletter, Oct. 1997 dec97
This kind of love is not an emotion but rather a decision to say that I am going to commit myself to you unconditionally.
No matter what you may ever do or say I will always be committed to you and will be there for you when you need me.
Whether you want me to be there or not! Whether you reject me, or ignore me, or turn your back on me, it makes no difference to my commitment to you!
I do not need you to be committed to me in order for me to love you!
President Abraham Lincoln often visited hospitals to talk with wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Once, doctors pointed out a young soldier who was near death and Lincoln went over to his bedside. "Is there anything I can do for you?" asked the President. The soldier obviously didn't recognize Lincoln, and with some effort he was able to whisper, "Would you please write a letter to my mother?" A pen and paper were provided and the President carefully began to write down what the young man was able to say: "My dearest mother, I was badly hurt while doing my duty. I'm afraid I'm not going to recover. Don't grieve too much for me, please. Kiss Mary and John for me. May God bless you and father."
The soldier was too weak to continue, so Lincoln signed the letter for him and added, "Written for your son by Abraham Lincoln." The young man asked to see the note and was astonished when he discovered who had written it. "Are you really the President?" he asked. "Yes, I am," Lincoln replied quietly. Then he asked if there was anything else he could do. "Would you please hold my hand?" the soldier ...
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