#7 Follower of Him

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Its amazing what happens when you start thinking about whats seems an obvious Bible verse:
 37-40Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22:39, The Message)
Love others as well as you love yourself. Sounds good doesn’t it?  I have been thinking about this verse in reference to loving R as myself – well it is Valentines Day on Sunday – and how it is I want to be loved.
I want R to be patient with me, to not mind when I don’t do chores when I should, put up with me when I’m grumpy, support me in the things I’m passionate about and fancy me even in my flannel PJ’s (which he does).
So perhaps I need to be less grumpy with him. Not mind that he goes about chores differently to me. Take more of an interest in his stuff instead of having only half an ear to it.
And I am learning that loving R isn’t just about cooking him dinner (I should read Gary Chapman’s five love languages again) but also about how I speak to him and the time I spend with him. Real time where I am fully present, in heart and mind not just body.
And perhaps in learning to love R as well as myself, I am going a little distance on the road of  loving “the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence”.
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