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Don't Wait To Say, "I Love You"

Love (Human) Family (Values) Marriage

Source: The Independent

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2019-10-17

Scripture: John 13:34 ; 1 Peter 4:8

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

Passengers on board a Delta Air Lines flight were left fearing for their lives after their plane plunged almost 30,000 feet in just seven minutes. Flight 2353 was traveling from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale in Florida when the incident occurred, prompting passengers to text loved ones in preparation.  One passenger tweeted:  “I texted my wife and dad that I loved them. I told my mom I love her and hugged my son.”

APPLICATION

This incident brought to mind what happened on 9/11. When passengers aboard the hijacked 9/11 jets and also the people in the Twin Towers realized they wouldn’t survive the ordeal, many reached for their cell phones and quietly dialed their loved ones. If no one answered, they left recorded messages with their final words: “I love you.”

They could have said: “Don’t forget to pick up the groceries.” Or, “Make sure you feed the cat.” But, of course, they were focused on their personal relationships. They desperately wanted to say, “I love you.”

Let us not wait until we are dying, or we think we are going to die, to give someone a hug and tell them that we love them.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34). 

The Bug Letter

Compassion Empathy Love (Human)

Source: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bug2.htm

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2017-07-01

Scripture: Colossians 3:12 ; Matthew 9:36

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

They tell the story of a man who was on a business trip and stayed in a hotel that had a bug problem. There were bugs all over his room. He complained about this to the management and later wrote a letter of complaint to the main office of the hotel chain. 

Sometime later he received a letter signed by the President of the company. It said: “We are humiliated that a man of your integrity, a man of your reputation, a man of your importance in the community should have had this experience in one of our hotels. We are deeply sorry.” 

This made the man feel somewhat better about the situation until, as he was folding the letter to put it away, he noticed a little piece of paper at the bottom of the envelope, obviously not supposed to have been included. It was in the President’s handwriting and it read: “Send this guy the ‘bug letter.’”

[This is but one version of this story. Follow the link above for a history of this legend.]

APPLICATION

Unfortunately, this is the way we sometimes treat other people.  We send them the ”bug letter,” the form letter. We give them the old cliches: We ask them: “How are you?” when we don’t really care. We say “have a nice day," or "I'm so sorry,” when really we couldn’t care less. 

The Lord said that we should be compassionate. We must truly care about others. Each day we come into contact with people who will have one thing in common: they're struggling with something. They will tell us about loved ones who are sick, loved ones who have died, loved ones who have problems. They will share with us their sufferings, their heartaches, their fears. Perhaps Mark Twain was right when he said, “You should never tell people your problems because 80 percent of them won’t care, and the other 20 percent will think you deserve them!” 

Let us not send them the “bug letter.”  Let us listen carefully and mean it when we say we care. Jesus never sent anyone a “bug letter.”  We shouldn’t either.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12). 

Division Is Never Good

Unity Love (Human) Fellowship

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10 ; Matthew 12:25

Author: Corey Sawyers
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ILLUSTRATION

I have always loved math. It is concrete. It has rules. Unlike grammar, there are not hundreds of exceptions and exceptions to the exceptions. 2 + 2 is always 4. Yet even in math, there is a negative (no pun intended). Adding and subtracting are basic and needed. Multiplication is fun and exciting. Division, however, is not so good. That is especially true in the church. In the church, division is never, ever good. 

There is a place for addition in the church. Adding to God's word is wrong (Rev. 22:18). But there are still so many good additions to be made in the church. It was - and is - always a blessing to have members added to the body of Christ (Acts 2:41, 47; 5:14; 11:24). Adding to our faith is necessary and good (II Peter 1:5ff). Yet, in the church, division is never, ever good. 

There is a place for subtraction in the church. Taking away from God's word is wrong (Rev. 22:19). But there are still so many good subtractions made in the church. Through Christ, we can have our sins subtracted (Rom. 11:27; I John 3:5). The veil that separated us from God has been taken away (II Cor. 3:16). The Old Covenant was taken away for a better one (Heb. 10:9). Yet, in the church, division is never, ever good.

There is a place for multiplication in the church. It is great when the word of God is multiplied (Acts 12:24). It is great that a knowledge of that word multiplies grace and peace (II Pet. 1:2). It is great that God can take what little we can offer and multiply it to great things (II Cor. 9:10). Through Christ, mercy, peace, and love are multiplied (Jude 2). Yet, in the church, division is never, ever good.

APPLICATION

No, in the church, division is never, ever good. Division is caused because people will not accept nor submit to Christ (Lk. 12:51; Jn. 7:43; 9:16; 10:19; Acts 14:4). Division within the church - no matter the reason for which one might try to justify it - is always condemned (I Cor. 1:10). A divided house cannot stand (Mt. 12:25). Division keeps brethren from worshipping together (I Cor. 11:18). It causes brethren not to care for each other (I Cor. 12:25). 

Christ has not been divided (I Cor. 1:13). Yet there are a great many who seek to divide His body. They come in the name of skin color, politics, social standing, nationality, occupation, background, etc. In reality the ones who cause divisions are "worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit" (Jude 9). They teach us to be so swelled up with pride that we can never put ourself in another's shoes and see from their standpoint. Instead of following the example of Christ (I Pet. 2:21), we allow division to cause us to commit sin against one another. We play fast and loose with facts and deceive. We return revile for revile. We utter threats. We forget to entrust ourselves to Him who judges righteously (I Peter 2:22-23). You see, in the church, division is never, ever good.

Evil forces work to divide our country and our communities. No, it is not worse than it has ever been - man has been divided since Cain and Able. That we are allowing it to fester in the church, though, is truly sad. This is also not new. From the Jew-Gentile struggles of the First Century to the segregated congregations of the 20th and 21st Centuries, we keep trying to bring division into the Lord's Church. Still, in the church, division is never, ever good.

Let's stop arguing. Let's stop finger pointing. Let's stop being brought down into the muck of the world. My allegiance to my race, my state, my country, my family, my political party, my occupation, my school - even my allegiance to myself - should have been put aside when I pledged my allegiance to Christ. May we set the example of Christ in order to ADD to His body. May we SUBTRACT the hate, prejudice, arguments, and improper allegiances in our lives. May we MULTIPLY God's Word, peace, love, mercy, and grace wherever we go. And may it never be said of us - not for one second - we were guilty of bringing DIVISION into the church. You see, in the church, division is never, ever good.

The Five Stages Of Love

Valentine's Day Marriage Love (Human)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-07

Scripture: Proverbs 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Love Moves Mountains

Love (Human) Motivation God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Marriage Is Like A Ten Ton Mac Truck

Marriage Maturity Love (Human)

Contributed By: Keith Jones | Date Posted: 2015-10-22

Scripture: John 8:32

Author: Tim Keller
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Love Quotes

Love Quotes Love (Human) Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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Foster Mother Calls It Quits After 162 Children

Motherhood Parenting Love (Human)

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2014-05-07

Scripture: Proverbs 31:31

Author: Rod Crowell
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Give Up Love for Lent

Lent Easter Love (Human)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-30

Scripture: 1 John 3:18

Author: Amy Kunkle
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Sadly Love Won't Keep the Capt and Tennille Together

Love (Human) Divorce Commitment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-27

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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