As I wake each morning and as I lay my head down each night I know 100%, unequivocally, beyond a shadow of a doubt what I am called to do. I am called to love and love with all that I have.
I do love people. I would rather love others with the risk of being hurt, rejected or denied than not to have loved at all. I want to know, that I know, that I know I have come to the relationship with everything I have, all that I am and all God has asked of me. I am quick to say “I love you” not because I have to or feel the need to, but because I really, really do love you.
“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.” 1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (MSG)
The New International Version reads like this, “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3
We are children of God. He calls us to love each other. His request is what any parent wants for their children. We are also human and capable of hurting others whether intentional or not. Others can put great expectations on us causing us to fail (in their eyes) and fall short, and vice versa, when they should be putting all trust and expectation on God alone.
Is there someone in your life that is difficult to love? Is there someone in your life that has hurt you deeply? Take your petitions to God. He already knows the truth of what’s going on and is waiting for you to come running with your hurts, your complaints, your scraped knees.
Only God can restore, rehydrate and heal your hurts not man.
Something that has proven to work for me – pray for them. I mean really pray daily, maybe even hourly, and speak life into the very person. Now, I’ll admit in the beginning it might not feel so good. Okay, I can only speak for myself when I say my “3 year old self” talks back sometimes saying, “But I don’t want to!”, or “But GOD you know what they did!!” Keep praying especially when you have other not-so-nice feelings, thoughts, emotions come out. A sweet breakthrough is coming. A softened heart is around the corner.
Maybe today it is pressing on your heart to invite the person to supper or offer to help them in some way. If not today, maybe soon.
Trust me when I say the more you pray for them and extend a hand of grace the softer your heart will become toward them and the more opportunities of restoration will appear. At the very least you will be happy. Now, everyone wants happiness right?!
Let’s walk through today with great expectation to “gain everything” from loving others. We never know what another person is facing, a recent diagnosis, the death of a child, the loss of a home. You could be the very person God has aligned perfectly to make a difference with your gentle smile, warm touch, sweet words or act of kindness.
In His love,
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