“Luv Ewwwwwe”

I live in the rural South where we are polite even when we don’t mean it. I wrote the title the way I did because we drag out syllables in this part of the country. We often tell others we love them because it’s considered good manners while our true feelings may be quite the opposite. I used to wait to see how quickly someone would gossip about me after they told me they loved me. I know some of you can relate.

If I really loved you, I would not gossip about you or belittle you. I would be more concerned about your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing over my own. Love is sacrifical. I’ll let I Corinthians 13 speak for itself regarding love.

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Before you say that again, ask yourself if you really love that person. Do you really care about their welfare, or are you just being polite?

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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