Monday, November 10, 2008

This is love...

1 Corinthians 13:8a (AMP) Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. Also it is written in Romans 5:8 But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. When we least deserved it God most offered and showed us His love.
And today God is calling some of us to love those who have been anything but unlovable towards us. Love that absent parent, that mean boss, that distant mate or whomever. I am not talking about loving them not in the way that the world has taught us to love them. Love doesn't mean accepting abuse or tolerating excessive control and manipulation. Love is not about being a doormat. Jesus Christ said it was the sick that needed a doctor and not those that are well. So He hung around and minister to those that were considered the lowlifes of those times. I believe in the way He showed His love we need to do the same thing. His love flows through you when people do you wrong and you still do them right. His is love is there when you pray for them and their needs. In John 15:17 We are commanded to love one another. Jesus said in the next verse "If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. Jesus was the walking perfection of love and He was still hated anyway. So we who are far less than that perfections can take the hatred that is coming our way.
No matter what someone does to you it is not compared to what Christ has done FOR you.
In the book of Proverbs in 10:12b it is written love overlooks the wrongs that others do. Christ paid the ultimate price of love by giving up His life. Let us walk in that same love to others by giving mercy and grace. Giving love through our forgiveness. Give love with words of kindness and understanding. Don't get caught up in the natural circumstances of what is going on between you and someone else. Let go of what they are doing to you and become focused on what you need to do for God. In Jesus Name Be Blessed, Manie