And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
1 John 3 : 2 3
Several years ago, my husband and I were going through a very emotional time of grieving and change. My 49 year-old sister-in-law was dying from brain cancer. Our college-age sons both made major decisions that same summer. Ben, our youngest, was going to be married that August, and our oldest son moved out of state. This move was one that brought us to a place of testing and trusting God. Nate’s move was prompted by an admission that he was homosexual. We were devastated, yet clearly knew that God calls us to love unconditionally. By His grace, we have been able to maintain a relationship without compromising God’s truth. I have been blessed to attend the annual First Place 4 Health Summit in Houston, and that particular year, I was needy for love and reassurance. My sisters in Christ ministered to me and loved me without judgment. The Lord gave me that time to come away with Him and He embraced me through a community of faith. Carole, Vicki, Becky and Meagan were the Lord’s hands and feet. They spoke His words of encouragement and did a lot of listening. That time gave me the strength I needed for the days and weeks ahead.
I can remember many times over the years when my First Place 4 Health group was the family that ministered to me in a way that no one else could. With Christ at the center of those relationships, there is a unique and lasting bond between us. First Place 4 Health is about loving and being loved—loving our Lord Jesus Christ, loving others and learning to love ourselves through His eyes. It’s about receiving the love others have to offer, not feeling the need to do anything in return. And for all of this, I am eternally grateful.
Action Item: Are you opening yourself up to the love and support offered through First Place 4 Health? Are you learning to express your love to others?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your perfect love, and for loving us through others. Thank You for giving us the opportunity to love in Your Name. Amen.
Jenn Krogh, Kewaunee,Wisconsin
Devotional taken from the devotional, Living Well. To order, visit our website, www.firstplace4health.com, or call 800.727.5223, x1002.