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An Eternally Better Response Than Defensiveness

We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). “Your love is better than life”  (Psalm 63:3). “Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Cor 16:14). “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). “Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8).

 

Dear Jesus, I can certainly think about you without thinking of Jack Miller, (my spiritual dad for 21 years). But I cannot think about Jack Miller without thinking of you. No one taught me more about your love, life and the Gospel than Jack

I woke up today remembering one of the many things he stressed—a “one-liner,” grace-lined with much liberating wisdom. “Scotty, just mount a love offensive,” he would say.

“That is,” (to paraphrase Jack,) “when in a messy relational situation, or when you feel you’re being unfairly criticized, ignored, or sinned against—instead of getting defensive and attacking back, repay harshness with kindness, criticism with humility, and wrath with gentleness.”

This is so revolutionary, counterintuitive, Gospel-like, and unlike me. Jesus, help me (and us) big time. May your incomparable, unwavering, inexhaustible, never-failing love drive out our fears, and drive us deeper into the riches of the Gospel and intimacy with yourself.

Once again, may your love seem better than life itself to us—better, sweeter, more satisfying, and compelling. Jesus, we love, only because your first loved us, and gave yourself for us on the cross. Today, on this August Tuesday, may we prove the wonders of your love, and the sufficiency of your grace. So Very Amen.

 

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