Probably most in today’s western society have heard this description for love.
Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV
I read it again this morning, and my heart swelled.
This is how God loves us! Loves me!
I felt safe, significant, covered. It gave me strength.
And then I read it again, but with myself in mind.
Is this how I love others?
I felt … I felt … convicted.
Knee-jerk reaction: I shifted my focus.
This isn’t how so-and-so was showing love this week!
God reigned me in.
“Not your monkey, not your circus. Go back to your first two thoughts.”
I didn’t want to. It’s way easier to focus on someone else’s failings than on my own. Know what I mean? But I did. With effort.
If God loving me this way makes me feel safe, significant, covered, and strong enough to be convicted in the changes I need to address, am I loving others so they can feel safe, significant, covered, and strong enough to face the things they need to address?
There. Better. Now I had a proper focus. Even with so-and-so. I shoved the knee-jerk thought aside and built a conscious focus:
How can I love those folk who have frustrated me, annoyed me, and let me down so they’re supported the way my Lord supports me?
That, then shall become my prayer.
If I have to be convicted, Lord, may it be in a way that both grows me and allows me to strengthen others. Amen.
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