Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking at “The three sisters” being, Faith, Hope and Love. You will soon come to know why I have given this message that title. Stay tuned!!
1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”.
When I was writing this series, “The three sisters” I found that I was struggling to write about love. In fact, it is the last one that I am penning out of the three. I find myself asking, “Why is it so hard to write about love?” I think subconsciously I put a lot of pressure on love. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure that what I wrote about love was beautiful and it flowed. I am now realising that the same thing happens to some of us in life. We put certain pressures on ourselves and on those around us when it comes to love.
That is why the love God gives is so special and unparalleled. His love does not put a demand on us to reciprocate. His love is freely given without the pressure of expectation being put on us to do the same. God’s love for us is, put simply, unconditional.
So then after we have received this love, what are we to do? We can sit and do nothing but God’s love is hard to contain. In fact, I think the most selfish thing we can do with our lives is containing Gods love and keeping it for ourselves. So instead we must stand up tall as the light of the world and let other people experience this love of God through us.
It is easier to love those who love us and not those who have hurt us or those that we would rather be indifferent towards. However, we are called to love everyone even our enemies. To bless those who curse us. That is hard. In theory, it sounds beautiful but in reality- it depends on what day you catch me!
I saw some graffiti on an elevator door the other day. Someone wrote some profane words on there and when I read it, I thought, yeah you too. See that was me on that day. Holy Spirit promptly reminded me that that was not the way to react regardless of how tired I was so I prayed that God would bless that person. A few weeks ago, I saw that same graffiti and my reaction was different. I was concerned about the person who defaced the elevator door. I prayed for them and I felt something for them. Love.
I fluctuate and I am sure some of you are the same. The above was just an illustration of that fluctuation in my feelings towards the same unknown person. However, over the years I have come to believe that the love that we are called to as children of God is not contained in our feelings. Love is something that we carry in our spirits.
1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. If God is love and we carry God (Holy Spirit) in us because our bodies are the temple of God (see 1 Corinthians 3:16) then we carry Love in us. Therefore, the love we are called to give is not something we find in our feelings. It is rather something that we tap into in our spirit. We can either choose to let the love of God pour out of us or we can contain it. We have a choice and everyday God is asking that we choose love. Whether it is easy or hard, we are to choose love. Whether we are tired or hangry because we skipped lunch, we must choose to love.
On our own and in our own power, the love described in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 seems far-fetched and downright impossible. But with God, He can show us what that love looks like and we can in turn extend that love to those around us. Jesus said He only did what He saw His Father do (see John 5:19). We ought to be the same when it comes to love. We need to mirror what our Father does and say what He says.
Our actions need to be driven by love. Without love, we become clanging cymbals and noisy gongs. Instead of speaking the truth found in the word of God with love we will begin to nag and attempt to manipulate those around us. We need to stop creating boundaries and delineations because God’s love knows no end and it is freely given to all. Yes, even that person you do not care for, God loves them.
Love is a beautiful thing. Of course, I would say that because I think God is beautiful, but it’s true. Love is the reason my life makes sense. God’s love shown to me in different forms and ways but mostly through the people God has planted in my life has helped me to see the colour in my world. Love brings perspective, hope, joy and peace. May we be more open to allowing God to show love to those around us through us. The more we allow God to flow through us, the more of Him we see in our lives and the more we get to experience His love in our lives.
I love you. Not only because you are reading this, but because you are important to God and God loves you very much. I love God and what is important to Him is important to me. Therefore, you are important to me and I hope you experience the love of God as you continue reading my posts. May these words be like the hands of God reaching down to hold you and let you know that you are loved.
Have a blessed week.