Monday, January 15, 2007

Love - Jan 15

Love. Such a small and yet complicated word. The love that is on my heart today is not romantic love or even friendship or family love. It is more the power of loving someone consciously. I know it sounds weird, but bear with me. There is a person in my life who I don't like to be with. I don't dislike them, but I do dislike many things about them. When you feel like this about someone, I find your words and thoughts about them tend to be somewhat unkind. God recently showed me some goodness in this same person and I felt a spark of liking toward them. The more I saw them, the more I decided that I was wrong to judge them. I began to make an effort to bless them, to love them. I spoke kind and encouraging words to them, went out of my way to do nice things for them...To show love for them. As I did this, I realized that the love I was showing them became a truly genuine expression. It was both a blessing to them and to me. The love made the little irritations I'd disliked before seem so much smaller, and the less I focused on them, the more I liked the person.

This love that I am referring to is Christ's love for all of us. It makes a huge difference to not only the other person, but also to what kind of person we are. There is an intoxicating joy that comes from blessing someone for no other reason that to show them love. I challenge everyone to try it with someone...Let's face it, we all have people in our lives we aren't crazy about. But lets get crazy about them...After all, God is!

Faith Girl

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What wonderful truth packed into so few words. Jesus said that if you love me you will obey my commandments. Later on he said that this is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Interesting that he called it a commandment and not a suggestion. How wonderful the blessing that we receive what we choose to obey our God. Everything he asks us to do is always for our best because of his great love for us. After all that is how he describes himself- as love. Thank you so much for putting it in such clear terms. From now on I will see you as Joyce Meyer Jr.