Don’t Let Hate Ruin Your Love

A friend of mine posted a photo of her two youngest grandchildren giving each other a kiss.  It was a adorable photo of the three year old sister giving her one year old brother a kiss.  It was wonderfully pure and innocent love expressed.

The photo gave me joy, in a world of division and hate, many people have let the desire to show love go, replacing it with a position of “my way or the highway!”  A thought process of if we disagree on a subject, one of us must be destroyed and that type of thinking must be terminated.

When I was in high school, hippies were very popular and their message of love was prominent.  While I didn’t embrace their lifestyle, I have always thought that loving one another was the right thing to do.  But how do you do that?

When I was twenty-six years old, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.  It was through that act of surrendering that I was shown how to love my fellow man.  Jesus spoke these words:

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 ESV

He said, “just as I have loved you.”  How did He showed that He love me?  What did He do?  Well, the first thing was that He died on the cross to pay my sin debt that I could not pay.  Then He, through the Holy Spirit working within me, began to change me from the inside out.  Innumerable times, He has been patience with me.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8 ESV

In marriage and in a family, we know we must be patient with one another to keep things together.  There has to be give and take.   Could we extend what we do in a family to those outside our circle  and show love/respect ?

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV

Did you notice what Paul wrote in Ephesians, “bearing with one another in love,”?  Does the word “bearing” suggest to you that it takes some effort and work on our part to accomplish?

Perhaps that could be as easy as sharing a smile with someone you pass on the street or in the store.  In 1967, The Youngbloods had a hit song called, “Get Together”.   The chorus of the song was this, “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now”.

You may think my approach, which is implementing what the Bible teaches, may be simplistic, but I believe it will work and it is the right thing to do.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Romans 12:9 ESV

Let’s be genuine.  Let’s not let hate ruin our love.  Think about a pure and innocent love for one another.  Let’s get together!!

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A Cautious Look At Love

Fsherlock_300rank Sinatra made the song “The Second Time Around”, written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, popular.  The first verse says, ” Love is lovlier the second time around.  Just as wonderful with both feet on the ground.  It’s the second time you hear your song sung.  Makes you think, perhaps that love, like youth, is wasted on the young.”

I have stated if it is the Lord’s will, I would like to love again.  My experience with Terrie was so wonderful to me, that I would like that to happen again.  But the question behind the desire is does God want that to happen?  The honest answer is, Continue reading

Requiring All

emptypockets300I think we live in a society that doesn’t want to get involved, doesn’t want to be counted on, doesn’t want to be committed – unless it’s fun and you can “come and go” as you like, and you can remain un-attached, remain unanimous and if it doesn’t cost you much.  It has to revolve around the individual –it’s all about me and what I want.

This philosophy manifests itself in relationships, families, and churches, organizations in lack of participation, faithfulness, attendance, and giving.    In each of these examples commitment and taking responsibility are lacking.

There are few who will empty their pockets to give their all, to be totally committed to something or someone.  But Jesus, when questions by the scribes, said that is what we would need to do when we love Continue reading

Update 09.23.16

news_headline_300 TEN MONTHS

I’m not sure how I feel today.  I’m not sure what to anticipate. I see myself in an open, unfamiliar field and not sure of where the path leads. I know I must keep walking, that this is not the place or the time to stop.

My mind and my heart are in conflict about how I am with my new life, my still undefined new identity.  I seem to be adjusting to living alone.  I have times of being okay with it and other times it drives me crazy.  I can smile at times, but I don’t enjoy things as I once did, but I think that is to be Continue reading

Without Love

Today, it is certain that in the United States of America, we live in a divided country.  Ccymbals-300x300onservatives verses Liberals; Blacks verses Whites; Straights verses Gays–however you may want to divide it or whichever one you may put first , we are a divided nation.

There has always been divisions and frictions; you get that when you live in the same space with someone else, as in the family household.  But in the family household you are to make allowance for someone else.  You learned to adjust and to tolerate one another.  I don’t see that very much anymore in our society.  The Bible Continue reading

Insight To An Incredible Woman Named ‘Precious’

HerTerrie_Headline given name was Teresa Lee Baskin when she was born to Paul and Pat Baskin, October 18, 1949, in Shawnee, OK.  Her family would call her Terrie.

Terrie was always curious and questioning.  She demonstrated artistic abilities at an early age by using her crayons to color the living room walls.

She was always interested in lights and colors from the time she saw the colored fountain lights at OBU as a child.  In recent months I took her to see the colored flashing lights of the Farris wheel at Frontier City.  We sat on the side of the road for twenty minutes as she watched with delight the ever-changing patterns of the wheel, her eyes big and twinkling Continue reading

The Early Years Part 2

Wsteve terrie birthdayhen Terrie and I got married, I worked at a company that manufactured high pressure washers and commercial hot water heaters.  I started as a helper, and moved to building the natural gas and LP gas burners for each unit.  I would test the burners for leaks, install them in the units, test the tanks for water links, and install the controls.  I would occasionally make service calls as well. I was making $3.50 an hour, which wasn’t Rockefeller-type money, but not the minimum wage either.  To earn more money, I knew I would need to further my education.

Three nights a week after work, I would drive Continue reading

“To Have And To Hold”

 I,Wedding Day Steve Elkins, take thee,Terrie Baskin, to be my lawfully wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part,”

With fear and trembling, Terrie came to the point that she knew she loved me.  We had been dating for some time and I was a fixture in her home. We were constantly together and it seemed logical and reasonable that Continue reading