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February Newsletter 2020

Dear Faithful Friends,

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

Valentine’s Day! I know, I know. Another Hallmark Holiday. But can it really be that bad to have a day that reminds us to love each other?

The problem arises when we start thinking about what that word, “love” actually means.

I see a lot of crazy things being done in the name of love.  Is it love to keep giving the drug addict money being 99% sure that money will just be used to buy drugs?  Is it love to intervene in a situation just because it makes me uncomfortable?  Is it love that causes me to try and manipulate situations to become what I think they should be?

I would have to respond to the above questions with a resounding “NO!” I’m afraid all of us do things sometimes that may look like love in order to make OURSELVES feel better.  I    believe with all my heart that way too often we get in the way of God trying to work in someone’s life because it makes us uncomfortable to see their struggle. And the bottom line is that in that situation I’ve made it about ME, not the other person.

That’s not love, at least not in the way that God loves.  You see, God loves us SO much that He will allow us to suffer the consequences of our actions. That may not feel like love at the time, but it definitely is! “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 That’s true love!  And it’s that love we try to bring to those we serve. Truth shared in love has the power to transform.

Thank you for the love you show to us and the young men and women we serve through your prayers and financial support!  Happy Valentine’s Day.

Serving Together,
John D. Jones
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