This is my confession today:
My love fails and isn’t strong enough.
It is easily frustrated and wants to give up.
My love has limitations and sets conditions.
My love doesn’t take kindly to disobedience and unmet expectations.
My love runs out when I’m tired and have had enough.
It can shut down after it is rejected.
My love wants recognition and at least a “thank you” at times.
It’s not easy to love people who don’t love you back or better yet are just plain not interested in you.
How do you reach out and love those who turn their backs on you and walk away?
I thought I knew how to love.
But those people all loved me back and were not upsetting the pattern of my life.
How do you extend love to those who don’t heed or listen. You pour and pour into them feeling more frustrated with each act of kindness that is given away.
I can’t love extraordinaire!!
The definition of extraordinaire is someone who is out-of-the-ordinary and extremely skilled in a particular field.
How do I become a love extraordinaire?
****This is not about loving people in unhealthy relationships and being abused or walked on by them. That requires boundaries to be set and proper evaluation.
This is about loving like Jesus loves us!
Plain and simple!!
It CAN NOT be done on your own without help from Him!!
This is about me loving those who are hard to love and not expecting anything in return!
We all know, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”.
But do we ask Him to help us when we get to the “I can’t” of our conversation?
I do want to be someone who is out-of-the-ordinary and extremely skilled in the particular field of loving others.
As I work through this concept God reminds me that He loves me even when I mess up. He loves me even when I am turning my back on Him.
He loves me even when I go the total opposite direction I said I would go.
He still loves me when I don’t say thank you.
He goes in deeper and reveals to me.
He gave His Son to die on the cross so that I can have relationship with Him.
I can have these conversations, ask the questions, and stumble my way to Him. His Holy Spirit leads me as I surrender and seek answers to my questions.
This is what love really looks like!!
It’s not about me and what I can gain or feel at the time.
It’s about laying your life down for others so they can live.
Isn’t that what Jesus did for us?
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
So I can do this love extraordinaire thing!! I can go exceedingly above what I am capable of with God’s help and become skilled in this particular field.
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7 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.
8-10 Love never dies.
Love Extraordinaire ❤️