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  • These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:11 ESV

    Peter and the apostles were beaten by the religious leaders and told not mention Jesus anymore, yet they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name (Acts 5:41). When Paul and Silas were imprisoned, they prayed and sang hymns to the Lord as the other prisoners listened (Acts 16:25).

    There is a joy that surpasses all understanding, and no matter what you face on this earth, it cannot be taken from you. It does, however, have a requirement. Jesus taught that we could have this joy if we kept His commandments, and directly under it said, Love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34). If we do not have love, we are nothing but noise like a clanging cymbal (1 Cor 13:1). People do not care what you know, until they know how much you care.

    If we do love one other, we will be filled with His joy. I guess it does make sense that we cannot be filled with joy and anger, bitterness, jealousy and happiness at the same time. We are commanded to love each other; the only choice that we have is whether we will observe that. We can choose to show no love, and have no joy.

    It is usually easy to love the Lord. After all, He is perfect and God is love (1John 4:16). The times where we had a disagreement always ended up with me changing my attitude, seeing things through His eyes, and never once Him because He was always right to begin with. Other people though, ouch. He really made us work for that joy when He said love your neighbor as yourself. It is not easy. You gotta want it. Love that neighbor.

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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor for the message! Interesting title!
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Rich Morgan
Rich Morgan and some neighbours are far easier to love than others!  Life would be so much easier if we only had to love the lovely people.  Since Jesus loved Judas right up to the act of betrayal, then I know I can love anyone if I just try.
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen
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Deborah (Deb) Harrington
Deborah (Deb) Harrington You gotta want it!  Amen
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you for this beautiful day you give to all Hallelujah
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Thank You Pastor For Today Message.  The other day I got upset and I take it out on my friend for no reason. 
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J D  Williams
J D Williams I'VE FOUND THAT THE ONES THAT ARE THE HARDEST TO LOVE ARE THE ONES THAT NEED IT THE MOST JESUS DID'NT SAY IT WOULD BE EASY.......
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Annette Walton
Annette Walton Thank you pastor for this message.  Sometimes it seems hard, but we have to continue to love in order to have peace, joy, and happiness.
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin I find my emotions are more unsettled with other christians vs nonchristians, I think they should know better, however I always fall back to the journey we all have and become more compassionate. I keep asking myself WWJD, what would Jesus do! Yep you gotta want it!
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman There are times when I'm struggling with my faith or all the negativity in the world or even my struggles with depression or self worth.  That is when I remind myself to just keep loving, that's my job, everything else will fall into place. 
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Roseanne!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd They probably should know better, Kay, but Christians have baggage just like everyone else does. We do have hope though :)!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Rich!
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin LOL you right...sometimes more!
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Marilyn DeJongh
Marilyn DeJongh Once again, thank you!
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady I have learned when I pray for the abrasive people in my life that God moves me to love them. I can pray when I feel anger and end my prayer with a different emotion. He can take our bad emotions and turn them into love if we only pray good things for people, no matter how we may be feeling hurt or angry. 
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I love this that we can do the imposable Through Gods resurrection power. We can't love the unloving, with out it. It is a choice we have to make, and then act on it.
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Mrs. Madeline Williams
Mrs. Madeline Williams Through these and other - life changing lessons, we can develop a way of living that maximizes the postive aspects of who we are and how we approach each day. we have to make heathy choices and treat others the way we would like to be treated..its sometimes a hard struggle but guess what we can do it..God said so. he said love your neighbor as yourself.
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Mrs. Madeline Williams
Mrs. Madeline Williams amen carol pady!!
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Another message I can relate to today! My ex husband has been especially bitter, angry, abusive lately--all I can do is PRAY! I think he was shocked when I simply stood there and started at him when he was physically abusive yesterday. For today would have been our 27th anniversary, so I guess I need patience--LOL
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Kathy, I pray that God grants you strength, wisdom and provision to walk His path!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Haha, we probably have specialized baggage that others may not ;).
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linda fahnestock
linda fahnestock Amen we can do all these things through Christ who strengthens us.
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith I'm so glad that I can love people from a distant. .
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery When I read "Emotion in Motion" I thought of a song from the 1970's...the title has the word "Locomotion" in it!  and now I am thinking about the Celebrex commercial, "a body in motion stays in motion" (and I have taken Celebrex for fibromyalgia, but my new insurance company wouldn't pay for it, so now, I am seeing good results with Lyrica), and I have heard fibromyalgia patients do better to stay in motion as one of the cures for the pain.  But I do tend to have pain when I am in too much motion...lol!..at which time I have to tell myself to rest.  Excuse me...I am filled with joy!  (have had a couple of nights of rest/sleep finally) and I would like to say Jesus loves everyone who reads this, and so do I...:-)
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Deleted Member Amen, I can so relate, people that I never thought would hurt me, have hurt me so bad emotionally, that is was like a big open wound that would not heal. But I finally had to give it all to Jesus and love them like they have never hurt me. I had to go to my happy place, (which in my mind is the ocean) and forgive them in my heart, though none of them have ever asked for forgiveness. I had to forgive to live a peaceful life in my heart. I didn't want to stand one day before Jesus and have unforgiveness in my heart. It is well with my Soul. Thank You Jesus:)
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Deleted Member Yes we sure can. Sometimes there are those we have forgiven, but we don't want to put ourselves back in the same situation again. We can love and forgive from a distance. Jesus looks at the heart. He knows why we must love from a distance.
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Deleted Member Yes that is so true the love able is easy to love, but the unlovable really makes it hard sometimes. But through God's grace and mercy we can love all, even the ones that hurt us the most. Praying for your husband to come to know Jesus. 
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Deleted Member Yes if it weren't for God's strength and His grace to strengthen us to love one another, even when it's hard. We couldn't do it within ourselves, but Jesus gives us that great love to love everyone, no matter what. God is so good. ❤️
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Deleted Member I don't have the words to clearly say, but you must have a great love in your heart to be able to stand against the abuse you receive. I admire your life for loving the unloveable, but I also will be praying that your husband wil no longer be abusive to you and that he would find Jesus, so he would really know what true love is all about. So then he could love like Jesus does.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, when it's the hardest to love, love harder, because they will see Jesus shining through your life and will be amazed at how can they continue to love me when I treat them so bad. We must love everyone even in the worst of times. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Deleted Member Amen, without the love of God in our heart, we couldn't love like we do.
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker I have to be honest here ~ there are a couple of people that I cannot forgive.  One I was married to, who was horribly abusive to my children & who wanted to kill me...the other was an ex-in-law.  Both of them treated my children so bad, beyond bad actually.  I have prayed for my children to heal from this & for myself, but how do you forgive someone after such a horrible experience. I pray everyday for God to take this burden from my heart.  It is a work in progress to forgive someone, but I don't think I can be honest and say that I forgive them.  Nor will I ever love them again.  So does this make me a bad person to do this??  
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Deleted Member Amen, this is beautiful. I know what you mean about praying for those that have hurt you. I have a cousin that hurt me beyond measures, but I pray everyday for her to come to know Jesus. Her soul is precious and I still love her no matter the pain she caused me. Jesus forgave me and I am so thankful, and through His grace and mercy I have been able to forgive, even though she has never ask me too.
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Deleted Member That's a beautiful way to live. God bless you in every way.
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Deleted Member Yes, many times they can hurt you more, but I think that is a way satan has to try to discourage us. We must hold our head up high, love them, even when they hurt us and Jesus will reward us for being like Him. Loving the unloveable
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Deleted Member Amen, by loving no matter what, we can have that peace, joy, and happiness that only comes from Jesus
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Deleted Member Amen, but we can do it through Jesus. 
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Deleted Member Many times we take our worries and cares out on the ones we love the most, but those that love us so understand. We may have to go back and say we are sorry, but probably before we even do that, they already know. Because our friends know who we really are and how much we love one another. 
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Deleted Member Yes, we must allow Jesus to help us love, even we feel like we can't. 
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Deleted Member Yes we need to have a heart like Jesus, even in the hardest of times. 
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Deleted Member Amen, what an awesome message. 
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Vicki Stone
Vicki Stone I'm Gona Love that neighbor!!!! AMEN, Glory to God! :)
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady I never thought I would forgive my ex. He beat me , pushed me down stairs, and tried to run me over. I did get the chance to accept his apology over 8 yrs later. It was such a blessing to let go of all that anger and hate. He passed away over over a decade ago and I'm so glad God let me forgive him before he died.
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin It makes you honest,  step one is you can't work on what you won't admit.  I was mad again at God for expecting  me to forgive people who abused me and altered my life. I hate to say these things shaped me, but they did and maybe God is using me now to relate to you or anyone with similiar background, I never talk about my abuse because it hurts so much and I still can't believe I am here to tell my story. You feel like you can't now, but if you keep praying one day you will. I know for me I had to let it go, if I didn't, the devil wins again. You have to choose and pray. I didn't say it is easy, but you must. We think forgiveness means forgetting or condoning bad behavior. Forgiveness is not for them, it's for you.. It's like  you drinking poison and expecting them to die! I pray that God releases your pain in the name of Jesus. Crying again......Be blessed.
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Very true pastor My neighbor is the meanest person I know full of satan tatoos and two tear drops tatooed on her face, Im struggling to find something about her to love and I came to the conclusion that God made her in his image so that I can love, I dont have to love there life style and choices they make, Thank you for the thought provoking devotional It means alot to me and to everyone else! Enjoy your day Pastor Dion may your words touch hearts and spirits in Jesus' name Amen.
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Thank you Kay, I needed to hear that I can forgive and it doesn't mean that I accept what happened.  I appreciate your kindness & words & mostly your prayers.  God Bless you also.  
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Thank you Carol for sharing with me.  It is easier to forgive when someone "Owns" what they did to hurt you or a loved one.  That is part of why I can't, they have never apologized!! But like Kay had mentioned, forgiveness doesn't mean that I have to accept the wrong doing, the forgiveness is for us,  not the abuser.  I thank you for sharing a painfull part of your life with me.  I pray for your healing along with my own.  God Bless you.
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell Alright Alright Alright... I receive and obey. Thank Yooou 
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler I like...if we do not have love we sound like a loud clanging cymbal (my paraphrase)  & putting that with loving our neighbor.  Just lites up what then love is sounding like.  I guess I hope for a loud cymbal to go off in me for awareness & get it turned around to forgiveness if I offended someone.  Practice practice practice with oodles of God's grace weaving in & around my practice sessions.  Thanks Pastor!
May 14, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler I like your words...makes me laugh
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler That is a bunch of heart hard work....Blessings to you.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler We have a large Tatoo Shop near our home.  Owner is really nice & loaded with the art work head to toe.  And his friends.  When I worked in a factory on third shift the verse in Phil. 4 about finding good things in others helped me when looking at the world in coworkers to search for if one thing about them that was beautiful.  Sometimes it was difficult.  Then I would see that the color of their eyes were neat.  Then complimented them.  It got conversation going between us or a hello when we saw each other.  I loved it so it was something the Lord showed me that helped me so much as more & more I was around different ones.  Well about the Tatoo shop near me...the owner had a cute dog & I was walking mind.  Conversation started.  His friends joined in too. Guys & girls.  He told me some hard stuff one day later and I said I would pray for him.  Now when I go by it is complete friendliness I experience from them all.  Pray maybe one day I can tell him about Jesus.  
May 14, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Hi Patricia,  abuse is horrible.  One person said it can rip the back bone right out you/me.  Yes, I said till the person is completely someone else.  Eight years of heavy ongoing counseling, tears, nite mares, Satanic attacks, not able to eat, and truly not only feeling it but seeing it in me I had split.  This was a very hard difficult thing for me to hear about forgiving this person even in another deep part of me I felt angry with God for allowing it.  I disconnected from a parent of mine, and anyone that looked, sounded, smelled or I was plainly very uncomfortable around.  I would often say "I could smell the anger in them".  Then when God was healing me I found myself to be having the word victim written on my forehead.  I wondered how did they know?  Or what did I say or do to give them knowledge that I was one?  People in authoritive positions mostly. I would and still can freeze unable to move while on the inside there is a fight going on to get up and leave.  It is PTSD. Triggers.  These are better then they use to be in being less yet I can be caught off guard and relieve one. In counseling they worked to show me that I felt if I would forgive them that my tape in my mind would say "no" then they'll be off the hook for what they did.  Long work on computing that one.  Also I can follow Jesus in His teaching to forgive them and cry if needed for the Lord to help me then work thru the feelings in me about them.  Working on the feelings can be (and is for me) a long one day at a time journey.  A work in progress I am.  Many I have been in groups etc with helped a lot for I heard their journeys thru this stuff and would go home kmowing I am not alone.  Blessings in a wheel barrel full be with you!
May 14, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Yes, sitting in front of that huge ocean....just sitting and taking in God's hugeness. (I guess that is a word...well it's mine for now). Taking in like sucking in, drinking it all in or soaking in it. It has been some years since I sat on that bench and hope to return.
May 14, 2015
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Sara Jane Turner
Sara Jane Turner My greatest joy in knowing Jesus and being His is in His ability to show me how to love as He alone does.  When I ask Jesus to give me the ability to love, He always does.  I have been estranged from my only child, a girl, for the majority of my life.  She hates me.  She is bipolar and has her own little world that she lives in and we all call it "the world according to -------"  I have been beaten, called very nasty name, accused of all sorts of horrible things I either did to her, my two grandchildren, and my great grandchildren.  She even called child protective services on me for horrid things she said were committed against her, my great grandchildren and now my great grands.  She actually accused my whole family.  They investigated and have quite a file on her.  They apoligized to me for any inconvenience during their investigation and now their records are straight.  She is quite ill...she refuses to seek any treatment.  One day in utter dispair over one of her insults I got down on my knees and ask God to show me how to love her, only that.  I had spent so much time asking him to forgive her and help me through another of her episodes where I finally just gave up making excuses for her and finally went to my source of everything.  I was given a whole new feeling inside me and no longer think often of her...I merely love her even though I do not like anything she does...she is her own worst enemy.  I do feel the warmth and love for her he has given me and do continue to pray for her healing.  A weight was lifted and my life is so very different now.  I have my grandchildren and greats whom I love also and they surround me.  I know from first-hand experience that there is absolutely nothing that God cannot do...God is love and love abides in my world.  She was a Christian before the bipolar took over and somewhere in there she still is...please say a prayer for the lost little person in her world that normalcy will once again reign supreme and let God in.  Nothing is impossible with God.
May 14, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  thank you!
May 15, 2015
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Meredith McLaughlin
Meredith McLaughlin To those who are having trouble forgiving others, and then have victory over it, please remember to forgive yourself!  My ex divorced me because i was mentally ill with depression following surgery to repair a brain aneurysm.  I had a great deal of trouble forgiving him.  I felt very deserted.  And unimportant!  But with God's help I was able to see my "fault" in the whole experience, and forgive him.  But it took me even longer, then, to forgive myself.  I was living in the "what-if's".  Don't go there!  We can control our thoughts...and whatsoever is good, lovely, praiseworthy, etc., think on those things.  It takes discipline, but it can be done!  Praise God for His enabling us to get beyond the negatives.  God bless you all!
May 15, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker I pray for you dear Sara... and hope & pray that your daughter finds the help she seems to need.  The Good Lord knows - at the end of the day those who are true to Him & in His eyes, you have done nothing wrong. May God continue to Bless you.  Amen.
May 15, 2015
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Paul f
Paul f It is not always easy to be Loving of others, evan when they least deserve it, I was taught.  Yet, Love and Kindness will get thru when nothing else will.  My experience.
May 15, 2015
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Susan P
Susan P I so appreciate you sharing such painful things, Cheryl. I relate to much of what you are saying. One of my favorite verses is Joel 2:25 "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten..."  The key is to hold on to Jesus and not let go. It seems that even under our best intentions the journey of healing and forgiveness can be messy, unpredictable and filled with ups and downs, but remember that He understands it all and is so FAITHFUL and filled with mercy and grace through it all. So grateful we're on this journey together. 
May 15, 2015