A 3-Word Blessing


“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”” John 13:34-35

“Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”” Mark 12:29-31

I don’t like text messaging. Too much distraction. Too much time to type on that little screen. But I’ve caved in. I try to absolutely minimize its use. Imagine my surprise when I received a 3-word blessing by text – with a message packed inside it!


That’s all my friend and co-laborer in ministry wrote. Right out of the blue. She knew I was on my way somewhere. She knew I could use prayer concerning where I was going. More than anything, she probably sensed from the Lord I had an overall increased need for prayer. So she took the time to pray for me. And she took the time to write those three words.


Know something? I was so thankful she prayed. But even more than the prayer, I was so thankful someone out there in this big world in which people are so exceedingly busy that someone stopped in the tracks of her busy life and took the time to write me. To let me know I’m loved. And cared for. By her, yes. But most importantly, by God. Who sent me that day my praying human angel.


Please pray for people, friend. Lots. Lots of people. Lots of prayer. People close to you. People not so close to you. People you don’t even know. And please do what my friend did that day in my 3-word blessing. Tell and show people you love them. And care for them. And are thinking of them. And are praying for them. Make them feel like they matter. Because they do. God created them. He created us all. And we have a long way to go when it comes to loving Him and loving others, don’t we? So let’s go the distance to love the way He commands us. Including right down to 3-word blessings like the one I got that day.


Truly, I’m about to do just that. I pray the Lord uses this message to bring conviction to your heart how vitally necessary it is your highest priorities in life are to love the Lord with all your heart and to worship and serve and obey Him forevermore and to love others as yourself.

Father, help those reading this to love like never before. To love you first. To love others in your name. And to love, love, love, to continually love the way you command us. Purge them of anything that is dishonoring to you, and teach them to love like you desire. Right down to blessing others the way my friend did that day. Oh, Father, teach us to love, to love, and to love. All for your glory, AMEN!

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