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Love Can Build A Bridge

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:8

Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet, and John Barlow Jarvis penned the song “Love Can Build A Bridge” that was released in 1990 and climbed to the top five on the billboard charts in mid-1991. One of the lines in the second verse of this song says, “That love and only love can join the tribes of man.”

Love has never been discussed, debated, chatted, nor tweeted more, and never has it been so far away as right now. We have stood in awe as buildings have been burned, cars overturned, riots formed, out-lash, graffiti and destruction of everything from buildings to our bodies, and all in the name of what? Not love, but greed, voracity, and self-indulgence.

There is a way to join the hearts of man. It is not in acceptance, but repentance. When we as a people lay aside our selfish, egotistical, self-seeking, self-centered, self-regarding ways that only pursue self-gratification and turn from us to Him (GOD), we will find a bridge.

We will find two outstretched arms that carry us from fear to favor, from hate to hope, from sinner to saint. This bridge, the “outstretched arms of Jesus”, spans the gap from the Law to love, from failure to forgiveness, and from reeling to rejoicing.  Yes, the bridge of Calvary is the only place where the different tribes, ethnicities, cultures, and colors of humanity can bow a knee and truly find relief, release, and reprieve from wickedness.

So today, let’s join together and take a moment wherever you may be while reading this and ask God to help us to cross the bridge of love, “Calvary”, and walk from judgment to love.

Our prayer for you this week: May God grant you the knowledge, courage, and desire to come to the true understanding of love, a true walk with God.

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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