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Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
                                                                        1 John 4:7
                                                                         by david berkowitz

     A short while ago I returned to my cell after attending the evening's Bible study in our chapel.  The teacher talked about love and he used 1 John 4:7-21 as his text.
     My heart is always convicted when I recieve a teaching about loving others, because, like most people, I fall short in this area.
     Some of the men get on my nerves so much with their treacherous ways that it is only by the grace of God that I do not lose my temper and end up saying and doing things that I would immediately regret.
     Nevertheless, as I continue on in  this spiritual journey I could see  how much I've grown.  I still have a long way to go as I press on to  Christian  maturity, however.  But I remember the way I lived before I was a believer in Christ.   My life was empty.  My emotions would quickly get out of control at any little provocation.  And I had my share of fights and cussing matches with the other prisoners.
     Nowadays, though, I bow my heart with thanksgiving because I know that I don't have to live this way any more.  I am a new creation in  Christ.  I don't need fists or harsh words to fix situations.  Instead I simply pray and trust the Lord to handle my problems.  I try to allow His peace to rule in my heart.  I know I have come far, and this is good.
                                                   David Berkowitz
                                                   June 28, 2005
(c) 2005 David Berkowitz

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