A Valentine Challenge: How Can We Mirror God’s Heart?
Do we…can we…mirror God’s heart? Valentine’s Day is all about love. How can we love more like God? How can we reflect our Father God’s heart?
LOVE LIKE THE FATHER’S HEART
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
If you can love your brother with true unselfishness,
living not just for yourself, but for his happiness;
If you can treat your neighbor with kindness, pure and sweet,
Not looking for reward or gain, not bent on fame or greed;
If you can lift one heart that’s down, or touch another life;
refrain from judging motives, avoiding needless strife;
If you can try to understand a little more today
and help a weaker brother again to find his way;
If you can smile when trouble comes knocking at your door;
and glean from every problem a lesson that’s in store;
If you can live your life each day as if it were your last,
forgiving every debtor, forgetting all the past,
If you can offer grace to those so desperate for love—
You’ll find your life’s a mirror of the Father’s heart above.
Is That Your Desire?
That’s certainly my desire. How about you? Most of the time I fall very short! Only God can love through us. We can’t do it ourselves!
I wrote this poem several years ago, (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) and it was first published by Warner Press.
My Personal Prayer for You
Father God, teach us more about how to love like You do. Clean the smudges off our “mirrors” so we can reflect You more accurately. Thank you for sending Jesus so we can see what Your heart looks like. Jesus, we want to look more like You–and love more like You! You are the perfect Valentine–and our perfect model for love.
(This is a revised, reposted blog for Valentine’s Day this year.)
What do you think? Don’t forget to encourage someone today! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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