A pastor friend of mine recently showed me his shirt that said, "Jesus Loves You" and then pointed to the parentheses under it that said, "and I'm trying." Truly thats the gist of it all. I am so thankful that others try to love me, but I know that only God can truly do this. I am an unlovable guy and it has always been hard for me to like others or much less love them and I heard Pastor Steve Brown from Key Life once say that he is up to his eyeballs in misunderstandings as a pastor and said that we church people are often like porcupines on this storm tossed gospel ship; but then he said, "Hey, we're all we got so lets try to love each other!"....or something like that.
It is with this thought in mind that I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. It is a day remembered where God commended His love toward us even when we were His enemies and left heaven's throne and embraced a smelly old manger, to first touch us with the grace of His perfect baby son and lavished upon us grace beyond our wildest dreams. How can I not love all of my pastors and the members of my church and all of you out here in the blogishere?...and yes, even some of those blogs where you all get really mean, cause I know I have been mean in the past and have been loved by God in a way that I cannot imagine and forgiven and washed clean by His precious blood. I want to love others as He loved me, so thanks for being patient with me. Jesus loves you and I am definitely trying, because he is worth my last dying breath that it may take me to love as He loved.