Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything. Psalm 46:10 THE MESSAGE 

We’ve all seen or heard the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Remaining calm is essential to maintaining the right response to anything or anyone. When we catch ourselves wanting to react hastily and harshly, we need to temporarily refrain from typing or talking and take a long look at how God would respond in the same situation. 

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (I Corinthians 13:4–7 NKJV). In every way, God keeps calm. We should, too, if we want our lives to be channels of love in a world desperately needing it. 

Nothing should influence our actions more heavily than love. We’re going to disagree with people about a lot of different things, but making our point will never matter as much as love does. Love matters most, and it truly is as simple as that. A life of simplicity keeps our minds and hearts in love everybody mode, never one that hangs on to offenses or holds out to make a point and prove we’re right. We need only to make a point to step out of the hustle and bustle and stay focused on God’s way, where love will always take the lead. 

Dear God, Let me be a channel of love to everyone in my life. Your love can change the world through the actions I choose and the words I use. 

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