Friday, February 26, 2016

To Love Like He Did

"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. ...Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]." 1 Corinthians 13:1-9 amplified

Recently I found myself in a situation, unsure of where it was going or how it would end up. And God spoke to me so clearly. "Leah, I want you to love that person like I would. When you love that person as I would, you have nothing to lose or be ashamed of. Even if they do not accept it, or you get nothing in return, love that person like I would. That is all I ask."

To love people like Jesus did is a really hard & scary thing to do, apart from Him. But one day, I took a deep breath, prayed for confidence and did what I knew I was supposed to do.

When I walked away some time later, I got in my car and all I could do was just CRY. And cry so more. That was a really hard thing. It was scary. And vulnerable.

As I wiped my wet cheeks & rid them of tear drops, the Lord brought a quiet hush to my heart. "Leah, you did good. You did just what I asked you to do. You've accomplished My purpose for you in this place. Also, dear, this is just little glimpse of what My love for you is like. I pursue you through the hard stuff & don't give up. I go the extra mile to love you, even if you don't always accept it or appreciate it. But I love you like that. I love you with the kind of love that costs alot."

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