God has been speaking to me a lot lately about love. All kinds of love, the love for my family, the love for my friends, the love for strangers, you get the picture. Our lives are made up of different types of relationships, it could be your spouse, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your best friend, your sibling, coworker, boss, acquaintance etc. Without thinking about it, you express some sort of emotion to them whether its good or bad. For example, I work at a coffee shop and encounter a plethora of people and they don’t always get a smile from me. If I have a rude customer they are more likely to get my “fake nice” rather than my genuine friendly-ness or sometimes I’m just rude back. My first reaction is normally, well if you’re going to be mean to me, why should I be nice to you. That is so messed up. As a Christian we are called to love. Not just some days, or sometimes or once a year, but every single day.
A couple of weeks ago during Stage 20 (the college ministry for my church) a couple of friends and I were talking about how strong of a word love is. When God tells us over and over in the bible and in our daily lives about His love for us, He is serious about it. He isn’t just throwing that word around saying, “Yeaaa I kind of care about you. You’re kind of special to me. I kind of love you.” No. When God is telling us about how He loves us, He is passionate about how much He loves us. He is passionately in love with us. With You. So lets turn that around. We are suppose to be Christ-like right? Well if Christ loved and loved passionately, we are suppose to love and love passionately too. Anyone and Everyone. Plain and simple, no matter what the circumstances.
Not only does God forgive our wrong doings, but He also forgets them because He loves us. He is patient with us because He loves us. So if I want to love the way God loves, here is a good outline. Take 1 Cor 13:4-7 (NLT) and take the word love out and replace it with your name.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
4 Ann is patient and kind. Ann is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. She does not demand her own way. She is not irritable, and she keeps no record of being wronged. 6 Ann does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Ann never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Am I all of those things? If God is love and love is all of those things, am I being Chist like with the way I love? Are you showing Christ like love in your relationships,to your spouse, family, friends, coworkers? I know that this is something that I need to work on, and this was a revelation that I thought was worth sharing. This world would be a better place if we could just learn to love like Christ loves. That is my prayer for myself and all who read this. I don’t want to just love either, I want to love passionately. I want to love like He loves.
Ps. I pray you are flooded with love today.