The title song from a MercyMe album came to mind today. “The Generous Mr. Lovewell.” I have included a video of the song with lyrics so you can take a few minutes and ponder the story behind the song.

This song was never a hit, but it should have been in my opinion. Enjoy.

 

Loving well is an art form. And it’s a beautiful thing to witness. The first chapter of Philippians verse 9 says this:

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”

Two things strike me about this verse. Number one, I need “knowledge and depth of insight” to love well personally. It’s the understanding of a person and their challenges that can help me to know how to love them in a way that is meaningful and powerful. This is something I need to work on.

But looking at this verse another way, it occurs to me that it’s a good way to pray for others. Is there any brother or sister in Christ that I pray for that wouldn’t like to love well? Wow. I think we would all welcome this gift into our lives. Personally, I have found that those who love well know how to give good and timely gifts.  Gifts of time, talent and treasure to those who need them. Even just the gift of a listening ear to a friend who needs someone to talk to can say “I love you” in such a practical way.

I bet you know someone who loves well.  You know it because they have shown love to you in ways that demonstrate that they understand what you’re going through and care enough to respond in a meaningful way.

“God give us knowledge and depth of insight to love others well to the glory of your name.”

As we fall back and our days get shorter, may we make the most of every opportunity to love someone with tenderness and grace, but mostly in ways that are meaningful to them.

Be thankful this November. Your God is in love with YOU!

tim

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