Thursday, 17 December 2015

A Few Thoughts on Love

Love doesn't destroy. It doesn't tear down. It doesn't speak words of destruction. It doesn't play games, doesn't look for a way out. Love would never intentionally hurt the other person. Love would never seek to drag them down and bring them harm. Love was never meant to hurt the other person, to wound them or break them.

Yes, love highlights all your fears and weaknesses and flaws. But it's meant to cover them, to make up for them, to complement them.
I have learned that without God, we can't live this kind of love. This kind of love - is His love. It's the way He loves us. And if we don't look to Him and learn from Him, if we don't follow His example, we do all the things love shouldn't.

We destroy each other. We tear each other down. We bring destruction to the relationship. We constantly wound with our words and our actions. We play stupid games. We find new ways to hurt the other person. And we never change, because we're still trying to love in our own strength.

But God's Love - it heals us. It mends the broken, hurting heart. His love makes up for all the insufficiencies. When we let Him in, when we let Love be our guide - then we're truly loving....

We no longer destroy or tear down - we build up. We speak life. We challenge each other to godliness, to life as it's truly meant to be lived. We don't hurt each other, we heal each other. Because although hurt people hurt people, healed people heal people. We don't play games, instead we have our eyes fixed on the goal of Jesus and run straight towards Him together. We don't threaten to leave, we demonstrate a love that stays. And we do it all knowing we can't do it alone - we can only do it in God's strength. We can love like that only when we humble ourselves to worship a God so much bigger than us. 

He is our example.

"There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear....
We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first." (1 John 4:18-19 MSG)

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