Love one another

1 John 3--11The Verse of the Day for February 16, 2014 brings to mind a life-changing conference conducted last year: “It’s All about Relationships Conference–2013” Hosted by Apostles Eric and Carolyn Warren of Equip U Ministries in Reynoldsburg, OH,  the three-day event offered informative presentations, workshops and forums designed for married couples, singles, friends, co-workers, teens and senior citizens.

Among the powerful and insightful presentations during the Relationship Conference was a teaching by Apostle Carolyn Warren who discussed seven principles that can be universally applied to “launch, challenge, and grow relationships.”  These seven principles were expressed as verbs which connote action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another.”  The first principle was “love one another.”

Love, indeed, is the first principle of all relationships, the foundation stone expressed in the first and great commandment:  Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two hang all the law and the prophets,” said Jesus Christ.

Each day we must

Decide to demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The first thread whereby we must launch all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

“Lovc one another.”

Last year as I went over my notes from the conference and endeavored to process all that I was learning, I was inspired and wrote this poem which captures the essence of the theme of the conference:

“It’s All about Relationships”

Inspired by the teaching of Apostle Eric Warren

It’s All about Relationships Conference 2013

God floods the eyes of our hearts with light that we might know,

As we discover new depths of our relationships

While we mature, applying the Word that we might grow.

We recognize that “It’s all about relationships.”

Enlightened, we now no longer walk in ignorance,

Being much more aware of vital spiritual matters,

We experience victory, healing and deliverance.

The anointed Word of God breaks all yokes and shatters

Barriers that hinder fellowship with God and others.

When the enemy raises his head, we fight to maintain

Relationships with God and with sisters and brothers,

Returning to “His image” the source that will sustain.

Whether with God, family, friends, co-workers, husband or wife,

“It’s all about relationships,” the foundation of life.

Michael W. Smith offers comments and a spirited rendition of a “Love One Another.”

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