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Over and over, the New Testament gives us a "simple" commandment: love one another (John 13:34, 15:12, 1 John 3:11, Romans 13:8, Ephesians 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:9, etc.). It sounds simple, but we all know that putting this commandment into practice is anything but.

When we are reminded to love one another, it's easy to get discouraged by thinking of all the times we have failed to show love to our neighbor. C.S. Lewis provides an insightful way to think about how we can develop a habit of love by using the metaphor of mathematics. When we study math, we don't begin by trying to understand calculus -- we start with basic addition. In the same way, we learn to love by first loving our family -- the basic unit of society from which we come from. This plays out in small, everyday acts of love, like forgiving your spouse for leaving the sink piled high with dirty dishes, or forgiving your child for blurting out an insult.

Once we gain this habit of love in our families, we can more easily transfer the habit to everyone we meet in our everyday lives. But it is still quite difficult, as we all know, because unloving feelings seem to naturally bubble up within us out of nowhere, and they are often difficult to shake. One example is when we are driving on a highway, and we are abruptly cut off by another driver who changes lanes right in front of us, forcing us to slow down. The immediate reaction is one of resentment, and we are often tempted to react in equal measure, perhaps by speeding up to tailgate them. But this is a failure to love one another. As C.S. Lewis has written, "The feeling of resentment, the desire for payback, must be simply killed. It is hard work, but the attempt is not impossible."

When we feel the inklings of resentment building up within us, we must stop them before they become worse. Instead of letting your anger rise, take a deep breath and ask Jesus for the grace to forgive the person who has wronged you. Say a prayer for the person, asking the Lord to help them see the truth. When we begin to form this kind of habit of forgiveness and practice it over and over again, it will with time blossom into a way of life. When God sees our attempts at love, however small they may be, He pours His grace into our lives, giving us continued strength to persevere in love.

On this Martin Luther King Day, let us be especially mindful of the importance of loving one another in order to bring about increased harmony between those of different ethnicities and cultures.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.


Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

FRC Articles

Voices From The Grave Cry Out For Justice In Iran -- Ken Blackwell

Every Vote Really Does Count -- Ken Blackwell

Will Republicans Finish The Job for Seniors And Small Businesses? -- Ken Blackwell

Chai Feldblum Should Not Be Reappointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission -- Peter Spring

What You Can Do to Fight Sex Trafficking -- Dan Hart

Oregon State Appeals Court Rules Against Aaron and Melissa Klein -- Travis Weber

How the New Tax Bill Helps Families -- Andrew Guernsey

A Pastor's Take on the Sex Abuse Scandals of 2017 -- Andrew Hebert

The Rich History of Christmas Traditions -- Dan Hart

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

Is Your Church Prepared to Handle a Challenge to its Religious Liberty? -- Erik Stanley, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

What the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover -- Michael Berry, The Daily Signal

Christian school fights Michigan Township for right to operate out of a church -- Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

FEMA to Allow Churches to Receive Disaster Relief After Key Policy Change -- Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

Calif. County Allows Christian Group to Display Nativity Scene on Public Property for Epiphany -- Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post

Top 5 religious liberty stories of 2017 -- Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Atheist Group Forces Louisiana Sheriff's Office to Remove Christian Facebook Posts -- Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

"Free to Believe"

Judge Gives Partial Victory to Fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran -- Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post

Christian Couple Who Lost Bakery After Heavy Fine for Not Making Lesbian Wedding Cake Loses Appeal -- Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post

NJ Gives Christian Teacher 3-Year Suspension After Facebook Post on Homosexuality -- Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

International Religious Freedom

Italy Faces 'Dark Future' After Passing New End-of-Life Law -- Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

Under Justin Trudeau, Canada marches towards totalitarianism -- Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews

Christians in Egypt Celebrate Christmas Amid Tight Security -- The Christian Post

China church demolition sparks fears of campaign against Christians -- Benjamin Haas, The Guardian



The new pro-life generation -- Leigh Jones, WORLD

From Ireland to Africa: What Happened in the Pro-Life Movement in 2017 -- Liberty McArtor, The Stream

Planned Parenthood: We Did 321,384 Abortions; Got $543.7 Million in Tax Dollars -- Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

Path to pro-life: Overcoming pro-abortion peer pressure with facts -- Marvin Olasky, WORLD

Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban -- Samantha Gobba, WORLD

Unsafe: Ambulance calls to abortion facilities doubled in 2017 -- Rebecca Downs, Live Action

Court strikes down Baltimore law on pregnancy centers -- Associated Press

Women Describe Trauma of Abortion in Survey; Nearly 3 in 5 Abortions Done 'To Make Others Happy' -- Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post

How Abortion Pills Upend the Politics and Practice of Abortion -- Rebecca Oas, C-Fam


Mother records heartfelt message for her son before he's placed for adoption -- KOAT


Six Things You Need to Know about Physician-Assisted Suicide -- Nancy Valko, Public Discourse

Physicians Cannot Serve Both Death and Life -- Gerard T. Mundy, Public Discourse

Health Care

Trump Rule Aims to Extend Health Care Option to 11 Million Uninsured -- Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal



Taxes and Parental Educational Autonomy -- John Grondelski, Ethika Politika

4 Of The Biggest Myths About The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act -- Justin Haskins, The Federalist

A Good Guide: A Winsome Argument for Virtue in Business -- John Yoest, The Stream

How Common Core Taught Me Bureaucrats Will Always Win Unless We Slash Big Government -- Jenni White, The Federalist

Communicating Key Truths About Marriage and Family in the University Classroom -- D. Scott Sibley, Family Studies


What's the Secret to Great Marriage in the New Year? -- Erin Smalley, Focus on the Family

If Women Want A Family, They Need To Prioritize Marriage Above Their Careers -- Suzanne Venker, The Federalist

7 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Marriage in 2018 -- Alysse ElHage, Family Studies

How to Live Out the Gospel in Your Marriage -- Kaitlin Curtice, Relevant


Why MLK's Vision of Love as a Moral Imperative Still Matters -- Joshua F.J. Inwood, Intellectual Takeout

The Anomaly of Being an Anti-Drifter -- Jared Zimmerer, Word On Fire

Creation waits: Incarnation and resurrection are the pulse of the world -- Janie B. Cheaney, WORLD

A Modest Suggestion: Perhaps Things Aren't That Bad -- Heather Wilhelm, National Review

The Supernatural Foundation of Charity -- Gary A. Anderson, Principles

The Fatal Flaw of Going It Alone -- Relevant

Be True to Yourself -- Jon Bloom, Desiring God

6 Ways to practice being kinder -- Cynthia Dermody, Aleteia

Modesty and Charity -- Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Human Sexuality

Manhood Is Not Natural -- Glenn Stanton, Public Discourse

A great sexual reckoning -- Mindy Belz, WORLD

In Defense of Prudery -- David Sandifer, Touchstone

Military to begin accepting transgender recruits after Trump delays appeal -- Julia Manchester, The Hill

The Cure for Toxic Masculinity is Real Masculinity -- Robin Koerner, The Stream

Psychologist Says Teens Need to Stop Asking for Nude Texts -- Katherine Blakeman, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

CDC study shows decline in teen sex during abstinence education period -- Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews

How Their Refusal To Tolerate Dissent Is Creating A Global Backlash Against LGBT People -- Stefano Gennarini, The Federalist

Human Trafficking

5 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Sex Trafficking In Your Daily Life -- Fight the New Drug

How to Participate in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2018 -- Haley Halverson, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Harvey Weinstein Isn't Unusual: Sexual Abuse and Trafficking in the United States -- Mary Rose Somarriba, Public Discourse

Bill to Aid Victims of Child Pornography Passes Senate Judiciary Committee -- National Catholic Register


Your Brain on Porn -- Katherine Blakeman, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

16 Need-To-Know Facts About How Porn Is Impacting Our Society -- Fight the New Drug