Love From Afar

He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:8

 

Apparently I touched a nerve when I reminded our readers that family falls into the definition of neighbors – love thy neighbor. Apparently, many have a love-hate relationship with family that is difficult to get past – not necessarily without reason. It is easier to feel kindly and to act kindly toward those we don’t come in contact with, whose tempers and prejudices do not rub against ours, whose interests don’t clash with ours, than to keep up an habitual, self-sacrificing, steady love toward those whose weaknesses and faults are always forcing themselves upon us.

 

How often do we see great wealth turn into philanthropy but at the same time notice that same individual is a poor employer and poor father/mother to his/her own children. Yet, God calls us to love not just those who remain afar, but to love with our whole heart those that get under our skin and in our face on a regular basis.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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