I love my friends, but not the way I love my children.
I love my husband, but not the way I love God.
God’s love informs my love for all.
(Revealing the selfishness and blindness of the way I love others- and God.)
I choose (sometimes, kicking and screaming on the inside) to love my family and friends with unconditional love. (The battle sucks, but the victory is sweet.)
Meaning, my love towards others is not based on how I’m treated-
Not, “do unto others as they do unto you,”
but, love others the way you want to be loved, the way, I know, God loves us in Christ.
God’s love is not based on how I behave towards Him or others. (This is Good News, indeed!)
God is Love.
If humanity (me and you) could truly believe and comprehend the width, height, depth, and length (picture a cross) of God’s love toward us, we would all be utterly humbled.
This world has turned love’s focus inward. (That’s the nature of sin, folks.)
Self satisfaction is what motivates all of us to love.
“If you make me feel good, then I’ll show ‘love’ to you,” -is shown through how people treat each other with such judgement, disrespect and lack of compassion.
People cut humanity into groups, elevating some and degrading others.
True love is selfless.
True love is compassionate, strong, holds you tight when you feel weak.
True love forgives many times. (So thankful for this kind of gracious Love.)
True love mirrors love to others, to show them love’s true path. (John 14:6)
True love is empathetic, kind, lovingly truthful, patient, giving, courageous, wise.
Almost seems too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Maybe that’s why, so few will go to the One who is Love…
It’s much easier to be selfish, than admit that we are.
Love Comes From God 1 John 4:7-10 (ERV)
7 Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child. And so everyone who loves knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. 10 True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)
…4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…