[Love One another]
When I met Chuck, “Theo the Bard” was his screen name. He was the first person, and the only person, to ever refer to me as Miss Tina. (I think it’s a southern thing.) This is a memory that makes me smile to this day.
Chuck is wonderful. If it weren’t for this retired English teacher’s consistent encouragement, I don’t know if I’d be writing today. For that matter, I don’t know if I’d be as hungry for God’s Word. Not only did Chuck spur me on, by commenting on my posts and leaving Scripture on my profile page, but he’s also written daily devotionals for many years. His devotional writing has always inspired me to strive for a closer relationship with Jesus and to be a better writer myself.
I consider myself supremely fortunate, and all the better, for knowing Chuck. This interim Pastor quickly became both a mentor and a big brother to me.
Chuck is such a hard worker for Christ. It’s his pleasure to serve in whatever capacity he’s able, from mission trips to pledge drives. He’s more than willing to care for all of God’s creatures, great and small, including the stray cats in his neighborhood. Once a former dog lover, he took two of those stray cats into his home and calls them his own.
Though this hero of the faith is presently doing battle with cancer, it takes a lot to keep a good man down. Even now whenever he’s been able, he pops on to Facebook, encouraging and sharing the love of Christ. That’s my big bro. ❤ (*tears*)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” –John 13:34-35
By: Chuck Bassett
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. ~ Romans 13:8
Normally, we seek to pay our debts as quickly as possible. This presumes that we have the resources to do so. Yes, Jesus would approve of that. However, there are some debts that we can never “pay off.” Let’s take the most distasteful and most dreaded: The one who goes into eternity without Jesus Christ can never pay the debt for his sin, so he spends eternity separated from God and from anything that is good. In a more mundane sense, some of us feel that we have people in our lives to whom we can never repay for what they have done for us, so we spend the rest of our lives telling them that and doing for them in piecemeal remittance.
Then we come to the love of Christ, Who is the only one to love us with an everlasting love. We know that we can never fully repay Him for paying the price for our sin that we could never pay, so we live our grateful lives serving Him joyfully. Then, He whispers to us, “Love others for My sake-even the unlovable, even your enemies.” His love in us fuels us to attempt this. Paul knew about this “debt of love,” and he proclaimed, “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise” (Romans 1:14, NKJV). He understood our text because he wrote it and experienced it. Every day of our lives, we can pay the love forward, for Christ’s sake and for the sake of others, whether they acknowledge it, spurn it, or appreciate it. Jesus takes note, and He shall reward us for making payments on the ever-outstanding debt of love.
Shakespeare! Your light permeates as ever
It did in bright Elizabethan past.
Your x-rays of dull man shall fade never,
As long as men’s blunt honesty shall last.
Hamlet, Lear, Othello, Brutus, Macbeth
Still speak deeply alike to weak and strong,
Revealing life’s inclination to death:
Fair and foul: unveiling seeming right’s wrong.
Language learned lofty flight on your words’ wings,
Where suicide’s thoughts find artistic heights,
Where contradiction’s babble newly sings,
Jarring our souls’ blindness to first light’s sights.
Should eternity wait for better quill,
It must wait itself and yet wait still.
©Chuck Bassett (E.C. Bassett)
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” –William Shakespeare Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3)
Chuck and his lovely wife “Queen Bev” ❤ Prayers for both of them would be SO MUCH appreciated as they go through this valley.
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