John 13:31–35, John 15:12–17, Ephesians 4:25–5:2, James 3:13–4:6 (read online ⧉)

Love like . That’s a pretty tall order, so it seems. Part of the problem is that we are often so focused on the big things. We become overwhelmed. There are those that think they need to die like to like . Some people believe that they have to heal like to like . Some people believe they have to speak like to like . Some people believe they have to feed like to like . Some people believe they have to act or sound like anything but to like . Some people believe they have the lecture or condemn or condone to like .
We are each guilty of some of that (unless you’re very rare).

The reality is that came down from Heaven as an infant boy. As the boy grew up, he d. He d his parents. He d his br (an aside: do you think he always liked and liked being around his br?). He d each where he was in life. We have a skewed version of because we only get 3 years of . didn’t for only 3 years.

We get so caught up in sweet baby , then awesome Messiah . We miss the in-between. That’s where happens. It is between the highs and the lows that becomes firmly established. When the highs and the lows happen, we have to keep us together.

When Paul and James talk about and loving each other, it is really living life together (the in-between) that creates the bonds of . Barring most parental , doesn’t just happen. It grows. Sometimes it grows fast, sometimes it grows slow. We cannot rush . When we rush , it often isn’t .

1) Have you ever rushed “” or a ? What happened?

2) Why are the in-betweens almost more important than the highs and lows when it comes to ?

3) How can you like in-between?

Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at