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Divine Note #11-06 - Tell someone that you love them

February 13, 2011
Psalm 146:4 (GW) When they breathe their last breath, they return to the ground. On that day their plans come to an end.

While waiting to visit my Mom in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) last week someone “coded.” That's hospital jargon for died. The staff didn’t allow us into the unit until they had removed the deceased person. There is something so sacred about death – it’s the moment when your history on the earth stops and you move into eternity.

I deal with illness and death in my ministry, but I can honestly say that this experience truly touched me because my own Mother was in the ICU. A month earlier, my sister was also critically ill, and I faced the reality that I would be broken-hearted if anything happened to her.

I encourage you to fix any family or friendship ties that are strained due to anger, bitterness and any other negative emotions that break relationships apart. Over the years, our family lost some of the closeness we shared as key members passed away. It has been difficult watching my mother’s illness progress and the toll it has taken on my family. It took God to bring out the caregiver in me and to equip me to care for my mom. He has given me a renewed closeness and love for my mom.

We all deal with things that happen in our lives. But we turn bitter and negative when we don’t resolve issues or allow God to help us heal the wounds. Life is too short to harbor ill feelings for family and friends. Make amends now. Tell someone that you love them and that you appreciate them just as God made them. You aren’t perfect either.


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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
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