The Way of Love
How well do you love?
Have you ever stopped to think about that question? The love you portray and show to those around you, would you say it is a love that is alive, or a love that is dead? Since every blog I write has some form of scripture from the bible in it, in this one I will cut right to the chase:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Does the love you show to the people in your life match this?
No matter who you are and what kind of relationships you have in your life, your relationships will not be able to fully flourish to what they are meant to be without these attributes of love at the core of everything you do.
We are human, so we are naturally selfish. Every one of us is guilty of seeking after our own interests before someone else’s. We are guilty to look out after ourselves, or to seek what we can gain in the midst of a relationship. But, this is not the way of love.
True, pure love is discovered when you are willing to lay yourself down on behalf of someone else. Sacrifice- this is what cultivates healthy, vibrant, strong relationships. If you are constantly worried about what you can get out of another person, I’m sorry to say you will be utterly disappointment. No human being will be able to meet all of your needs. There is not one person who can fill the gap in the heart of another person. The way to experience true love, receive true love, and give true love, is found in the One who IS Love.
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
He just doesn’t show us His love, but He IS EVERY attribute of love.
God is patient.
God is kind.
God does not envy.
God does not dishonor.
God is gentle.
God is not self-seeking.
God is not easily angered.
God keeps no records of wrong.
God does not delight in evil, He rejoices in truth.
God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
The Christian way of life is simple, but very hard. It’s simple because God tells us to love, no exceptions. It is a simple command. The hard part is that our flesh and our nature go against the very things that God commands us to do. This, my friend, is where sacrifice comes into play.
Are we willing to completely sacrifice ourselves to first, God, in order that He can transform us into someone who loves like Him?
And, are we willing to sacrifice ourselves on behalf of people so that Christ can be showed to our world?
As a Christian, this is our call- love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Before you pass by this blog and assume you are doing just fine in the love department, take some time to reflect on your day:
Did you take time to listen to those around you?
Did you strike a smile to the lonely stranger?
Did you purposely cut someone off in traffic?
Did you put your needs above someone else’s?
Did you get angry at someone, or impatient, or rude?
The list goes on, but I am trusting that God through the Holy Spirit is revealing the moments where you did not love today. For myself, even as I am writing this blog, I am remembering every act of selfishness that I have done or thought today alone, and it is very humbling.
No matter who you are or where you come from, this life will be empty without true love permeating the very depth of your soul. As stated earlier, perfect love is found only when we give our lives to Jesus Christ in humility and surrender. As we live for Him, He shows us what it means to love.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9
God’s ultimate act of love was shown through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Think about: if Jesus never died on a cross for our sins, we would NEVER be able to have a relationship with Him. Which means we would never be able to experience what true love is. God has done so much for us, all out of love for YOU.
Because He loves you with an immeasurable love, you’re forgiven and free. There is an eternal home in heaven waiting for you, purpose, and unrivaled love to be found today when you give your life to Jesus and live for Him. As you give your life to Jesus Christ, every fiber of your being will come alive. The Gospel isn’t about bad people becoming good, it’s about dead people coming alive through the power of God. The love found in Christ can change you, and as it changes you, it changes the world.
So, how well do you love?