If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7

Several years ago I found a sign that stated “ME, ME, ME” and I bought it. It reminded ME that I am the most important person in this universe and I needed to take care of ME. But then, what about the importance of others, are they as important as ME?

As I continue to learn about Grace, I am better prepare to love OTHERS as I love ME: I desire the best for the other, I am really, really not interested in putting out the sins of the other as I have sins that need repentance from. I have entrusted my life to the love of God who see ME even when I am down, who mend ME when I have been broken and who encourage ME, via friends, to keep going even when I want to give up.

When we keep scores about the faults of the other, we negate our own needs, our own emptiness and as a consequence forget that Love has promised to bring US ALL from sinfulness to salvation. So, stop the blaming game, the finger pointing “was not ME, was the OTHER who sin”, we are all in the same route – sinners seeking to really, really understand the cross that brought LOVE to us.

Prayer: Dear Love, Thank You for GRACE.

Algunos años atras encontré un letrero que decía “YO, YO, YO” y lo compré. Este me recordó que soy la persona más importante del universo y que necesitaba cuidarme. Pero entonces, cual es la importancia de otr@s, serán tan importantes como YO?

Mientras continuo aprendiendo acerca de GRACIA, estoy mejor preparada para amar al OTR@ así como me amo a mi misma: Quiero lo mejor para otr@s, yo de verdad, realmente no estoy interesada en sacar al sol los pecados de otr@s porque yo cometo pecados por los cuales necesito arrepentirme. He confiado mi vida al amor de Dios quien me ve aun cuando estoy triste, me arregla cuando estoy en pedazos y me da animo cuando no quiero seguir adelante.

Cuando tenemos una regla para medir el progreso o no progreso de otros, negamos nuestras propias necesidades, nuestro vacio y como consequencia olvidamos que AMOR nos ha prometido llevarnos A TOD@S del pecado a la salvación. Entonces, dejemos el juego de juzgar, de señalar “yo no pequé, fue el/la OTRA”, todos estamos en el mismo camino buscando realmente entender la cruz que nos trajo amor.

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