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[{"status":"publish","site_id":"1","date":1645488000000,"title":"Love Your Loved Ones","author":"5943","bible_in_a_year":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+4%E2%80%936%3B+Mark+4%3A1%E2%80%9320\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"bible-in-a-year\" data-label=\"Bible in a Year\">Numbers 4–6; Mark 4:1–20</a>","bible_in_a_year_references":"Numbers 4–6; Mark 4:1–20","bible_in_a_year_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+4%E2%80%936%3B+Mark+4%3A1%E2%80%9320","categories":[1424882,1424960],"tags":[],"content":"<p>Amos was an overbearing extrovert, and Danny was a loner wracked with self-doubt. Somehow these eccentric geniuses became best friends. They spent a decade laughing and learning together. One day their work would receive a Nobel Prize. But Danny tired of Amos&rsquo; self-centered ways and told him they were no longer friends.</p>\n<p>Three days later, Amos called with terrible news. Doctors had found cancer and given him six months to live. Danny&rsquo;s heart broke. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re friends,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;whatever you think we are.&rdquo;</p>\n<p>Paul was a hard-nosed visionary and Barnabas a soft-hearted encourager. The Spirit put them together and sent them on a missionary journey (Acts 13:2&ndash;3). They preached and started churches, until their disagreement over Mark&rsquo;s desertion. Barnabas wanted to give Mark a second chance. Paul said he could no longer be trusted. So they split up (15:36&ndash;41).</p>\n<p>Paul eventually forgave Mark. He closed three letters with greetings from or commendations for him (Colossians 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 1:24). We don&rsquo;t know what happened with Barnabas. Did he live long enough to be reconciled with Paul in this life? I hope so.</p>\n<p>Whatever your situation today, try to reach out to those with whom you may have had a falling out. Now is the time to show and tell them how much you love them.</p>\n","excerpt":"<p>Amos was an overbearing extrovert and Danny was a loner wracked with self-doubt. Somehow these eccentric geniuses became best friends. They spent a decade laughing and learning together. One day their work would receive a Nobel Prize. But Danny tired of Amos&rsquo;s self-centered ways and told him they were no longer friends.</p>\n<p>Three days later, Amos called with terrible news. Doctors had found cancer and given him six months to live. Danny&rsquo;s heart broke. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re friends,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;whatever you think we are.&rdquo;</p>\n<p>Paul was a hard-nosed visionary and Barnabas a soft-hearted encourager. The Spirit put them together and sent them on a missionary journey (Acts 13:2&ndash;3). They preached and started churches, until their disagreement over Mark&rsquo;s desertion. Barnabas wanted to give Mark a second chance. Paul said he could no longer be trusted. So they split up (15:36&ndash;41).</p>\n<p>Paul eventually forgave Mark. He closed three letters with greetings from or commendations for him (Colossians 4:10; 2 Timothy 4:11; Philemon 1:24). We don&rsquo;t know what happened with Barnabas. Did he live long enough to be reconciled with Paul in this life? I hope so.</p>\n<p>Whatever your situation today, try to reach out to those with whom you may have had a falling out. Now is the time to show and tell them how much you love them.</p>\n","insights":"<p>Acts 15:36&ndash;41 portrays Paul as a hard-nosed project leader lacking empathy or kindness and intolerant of failure. But this isn&rsquo;t the complete picture of who Paul was. Scripture also presents him with a pastoral heart. He showed his appreciation for people who worked with him, singling out individuals for special mention in his letters. Eighty to ninety people are variously designated as his &ldquo;fellow workers&rdquo; or &ldquo;co-workers&rdquo; (Romans 16:3, 9, 21; Colossians 4:11; 1 Thessalonians 3:2; Philemon 1:1, 24). Some are his fellow missionaries, and some are his interns and subordinates, ministry partners, traveling companions, fellow prisoners, and supporters. Colossians 4:7&ndash;18 gives us a window into Paul&rsquo;s pastoral heart when he names ten of his co-workers from the church in Colossae for special mention. The apostle wasn&rsquo;t just a great visionary leader; he was also a great mentor and a loving pastor and friend with a great capacity for caring for others and their ministry.</p>","passage":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+4%3A7%E2%80%9310\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"passage\" data-label=\"Scripture Passage\">Colossians 4:7–10</a>","passage_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+4%3A7%E2%80%9310","passage_reference":"Colossians 4:7–10","response":"<p>With whom do you need to reconcile? What can you do with your pain if that person is no longer living?</p>","thought":"<p>Father, help me to see that one primary purpose of life is to show love to those around me.</p>","verse":"<p>If he comes to you, welcome him. <a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+4%3A10\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"verse\" data-label=\"Key Verse\">Colossians 4:10</a></p>\n","meta":"[object Object]","insight_question":"","author_name":"Mike Wittmer","slug":"love-your-loved-ones","insights_author":"12576","insights_author_id":"12576","email_image_url":"https://d626yq9e83zk1.cloudfront.net/ebread/dailyimages/odbdevo_20220222e.jpg","preheader_text":"Amos was an overbearing extrovert, and Danny was a loner wracked with self-doubt. ...","brand_logo_url":"https://odb.org/wp-content/themes/odbm-base-ourdailybread/images/odb_logo.svg","language":"","date_id":1645488000000}]