A Greeting Canvas
. . .Jesus is “love” and Jesus is “hope.”

Hey, Family!

I wanted to release a Valentine’s edition about my mother-in-“love,” Sherry, God rest her soul. She introduced my husband and I, and we consider her to be our guardian angel. Well, maybe one day we will write a blog about her “match making” skills together, but I am not the boss, remember? I am on assignment and I have to write what the Father leads me to write and once again, we are focused on 1Corinthians 13: 4-7 NIV. It is a very familiar passage in the bible for us, but he’s opened my eyes and heart once again. Are you ready? It reads, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Well, as I soul searched with our Father, he highlighted two words for us this week: always hopes. Yes! Love always hopes! Then, these words were downloaded into my spirit. “Love doesn’t allow us to question someone’s apology because love always hopes.” This literally stopped me in my tracks because I was walking down the stairs at the time. Yikes! It stopped me because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve questioned someone’s apology during my lifetime; especially, when an individual in the community, a celebrity or political figure apologized for committing a racist act. I often roll my eyes and list all the reasons why we shouldn’t believe them. For example, a pastor, who “liked” controversial social media post that could be considered culturally insensitive to some or racist to others, apologized to his congregation in 2020 for his actions. To be honest, I questioned his apology. In my opinion, he only apologized to save his church and I meant the physical building. Okay, I might as well be totally honest: I thought his apology was more about the tithes and offerings than his black and brown congregants. Well, that entire situation was brought back to my remembrance this past weekend because I was NOT operating in the realm of God’s love. As a believer in Christ and your sister in Christ, my assignment is NOT to question someone’s sincerity. Quite frankly, who am I to say when a person is sincere or insincere? Who am I to say that they didn’t sound sincere? Who am I to say that they didn’t look sincere? Who am I to analyze someone’s apology? Who am I to say what is truly in a person’s heart? My assignment is to forgive! My assignment is to love! In order to love, I must have hope.

According to the Webster’s Dictionary online, the word hope means “a feeling of expectation and a desire for a certain thing to happen.” Another online definition of hope is “to expect with confidence.” In other words, I should expect that apologies are sincere. I should expect that exposure means that deliverance is on the way! I should expect that eyes will be opened and dry bones can live again because love always hopes. Remember: Jesus is love, so Jesus is hope.

#Just think about it#

#Then, go to the Father and Pray about it#

#Soul Searching with our Father#

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