Today I want to give you a praise report! And Let you know how my Love Journey is going. ( Remember I talked about it here).
I love the verse above 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I remember reading this verse sometime ago and writing it on post it notes. Posting them on the walls of my house so that I could take it into my mind and live it out in my life. However, I failed miserably to follow it. Love has not always came easy to me. I tended to be very self centered.
I always knew that love was important. I do try to hide Gods word in my heart. But knowing God’s word and living it out are two different but important things. I knew the verses…
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV)
I knew them but every time I tried to apply them. Fail… no fruit.. no joy.. no peace.. just stress, a heavy burden. I had at least 3 things wrong
- I was trying to do all the work.
- I did not really love them I was just doing it as a command. Following orders so to speak.
- I wanted the reward for doing the command.
You see when I would engage to love someone and they poured their heart out to me I was only halfway listening. I don’t know how else to explain it but to simply say… In my attempt to love , I was not loving them ( I don’t mean in the way they would have noticed but a matter of the heart).
Well fast-forward to now. After hearing the message and letting go of my need to do do do and just let God work in me. I have found something indescribable. I did not start this journey on Love because it was a command, because I wanted to receive anything. I have just let the Spirit of God that lives inside of me move where he may, do what He wills. ( Which is harder than it sounds!)
I have realized that all of my life was not just one side road to the next because of my wrong doings. But every situation I am in is where God needs me. I have realized that it is when you love you truly love that God’s Spirit changes something on the inside. He breaks off hard parts of my heart that I had long forgotten about. Love changes not only you but those around you. It encourages, it gives hope, it grows faith, it gives peace, it give strength, it give courage, I could go on and on.
The feeling I feel inside me would not have been if I would not have let go and let God do the work! I know that because I usually have not fully given it all to God.
My friend He says.. “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
Are you stressed? Are you tried? Are you lonely? Are you _____?
You know at one point if I were in your shoes I would have responded.. I have already done that, this world is not my home so it is not going to be easy. Today my response is it is not a one time thing it is daily.
And if you answered “Yes” to any of the question above review whats going on and give it to God! Let it go!
Finally, I want to talk to those of you who say like someone recently told me, ” That’s great and all for you but I do not have the faith that you do. Ask God for a job and not put in applications and expect to get a call”
You know I believe God can do those things. I’ve seen it. I know sometimes we need to put the applications in but my God is too big for me to decide what He wills.