Dear Friends, the Telbat Team prays that you had a blessed Resurrection Remembrance Day with your family/friends! ~ You may have seen that my new novel, Dawn of Affliction, has been out for a couple of months. The book title reflects the theme. Affliction seems to harass the Caspertein family at every turn, but why is there also a sense of triumph by the hero, Levi Caspertein? Can we have that same sense of victory in the midst of our own chaotic lives? Interestingly, the way we love God and love our neighbor determines our sense of victory!
Many of us are familiar with the greatest Commandment that Jesus stressed in the Gospels: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. The second greatest Commandment is like the first: to love your neighbor as yourself. We were made to love, and our triumph in life must involve love.
Sometimes we think that loving God and loving our neighbor is a choice offered to us by Christ for when it’s most convenient for us. An honest person will admit that expressing love is not convenient in the middle of strife. Expressing love will never be convenient or natural as long as we think God intended it to be optional for us to express love to others.
Victory Rule #1: Don’t view love as optional only for convenient or comfortable moments.