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How Can You Love Jesus, Yet Avoid Y
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By James Pemberton
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How Can You Love Jesus, Yet Avoid Your Brother?


There’s a Christian who didn’t want to be with us.

It was almost like she “kind of hated us!”


She seemed to avoid us “like a plague.”

Her kids came over, but she always stayed.


We used to bless her family

 with many things.

But she wanted nothing to do

with us in anything.


Is this the kind of example

 a Christian should be?

Is this fulfilling God’s ways

of love for you and me?


Jesus commands us a life

 of forgiveness and grace.

This means moving from our

“comfortable space.”


Perhaps there’s things from God,

you haven’t enjoyed.

If in fact, there are people

that you try to avoid.


How, in the world, can God’s

 love be in you…

If others close by can’t see Jesus

 through you?


Read the Bible yourself

 and it’s plain to see…

It’s all about love, forgiveness

 and being set free!


Jesus’ love needs to be evident

 in everything we do!

Christ has done his part. 

The rest is up to me and YOU!


By Jim Pemberton    (c) 2017

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Submitted: Monday, May 1, 2017

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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