Saturday, June 03, 2017

June 3, 2017 … Love Builds Bridges

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 154 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song and lyrics from Naomi and Wynonna Judd singing … Love Can Build A Bridge … poignantly singing of the the only thing that build a bridge between distrust in our hearts … and that is the love of God.

Highlight Verse[s]: John 13:34-35 [NKJV} … 
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”… 
… Obedience to Jesus love law to His disciples is the only way mankind will every be able to build a bridge to span human distrust.
Highlight Passage [context]: Luke 13:31-35 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus declares His eternal panacea for human distrust … i.e., His love!

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Proverbs 20:6 [NKJV] … 
6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness. But who can find a faithful man? 
… Unfortunately all too true of must human relationships; … however, God’s love is the only remedy to cure human distrust.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … John 3:16 [NKJV] … 
... Surely I don’t have to provide this truth, do I?!! 
… You, very likely, know just how powerful God’s love is, don’t you?

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Monica Brands, uses a personal observation about human relationships in teaching how God’s love breaks thru human distrust. The ODB author wrote: “I just can’t trust anyone,” my friend said through tears. “Every time I do, they hurt me.”  Her story angered me—an ex-boyfriend, whom she really thought she could trust, had started spreading rumors about her as soon as they broke up.  Struggling to trust again after a pain-filled childhood, this betrayal seemed just one more confirmation that people could not be trusted. … Her story was painfully familiar, reminding me of moments of unexpected betrayal in my own life. In fact, Scripture is very candid about human nature. In Proverbs 20:6, the author voices the same lament as my friend, forever memorializing the pain of betrayal.  

Unfortunately this author’s observations about broken trust probably strikes a chord in many - if not most - of us. We likely can remember a time when we trusted someone - even someone we loved dearly - who breached that trust/love with a lie or lack of integrity/fidelity.

But there is one - and really only one - force which, as the Judds sing in the inked song, builds - or rebuilds - a bridge of love between those who’ve experienced broken trust; and that is God’s love. 

Jesus expressed it in His love command [see highlight passages], given to His Disciples the night before He would show the ultimate in love/trust on the cross. And that is the only viable bridge that we can use to span the chasm of distrust in our human relationships, … i.e., using HIS love to build the bridge to trusting togetherness.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, … use me - even today - to help build a build a bridge of love between any where trust has been broken down. … Amen

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