An Exercise of Love

Do you have someone in your life most difficult to love? It could be somebody who’s been around forever, like a relative. Or somebody newer in your life, like a boss. But it seems that most of us, at any given time, have at least one person that stretches us in our ability to love….Beyond what comes natural for us.

I believe one of the biggest purposes of this life’s journey is to learn to love – really well. What if you begin to view that person as if God placed him/her in your life JUST to stretch your capacity to love. No matter how much they treat you unfairly, or do not value and appreciate you, or how major or minor the irritation is…you may choose to be personally challenged to grow and stretch in your own ability to love and walk in Grace.

The Bible tells us to overcome evil with good. And whether the offense you feel is literally evil or not, you rise above it all and literally overcome it by choosing to love.
You can ask yourself in every circumstance with that person… What would love look like this time?

I highly recommend memorizing this key passage that most poignantly articulates what love looks like. It is first Corinthians 13:4-6, “Love is patient and kind. It is never jealous or envious, it is never boastful or proud, it is never haughty, selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It doesn’t even notice when others do things wrong. If you love someone you will be loyal to them, you will always expect the very best of them, and you always stay in your ground and defending them. Love never fails”! Let it be your instruction and guideline in every situation!

When you choose to love, you are empowered and feel yourself rise to a more noble place within. You feel bigger inside, in a good way. But when you choose to meet your challenger on their level, with what you feel they are dishing out, you feel as “low” as their behavior.
Every person in our life can teach us different things. And when we take those people who are the hardest to love – and we embrace the lesson that allows our capacity to love to grow – we have overcome. And we feel like an over comer!
We cannot control anything about another person. But we can allow everything to cultivate and contribute to our own growth!
I promise this Truth alone will help you to like your whole world and life better.

PS. And if all you can do is acknowledge to the Father that you do not have this capacity in yourself to love, and ask Him to “perfect His strength in your weakness” (my favorite promise) you will see “miracles”.

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1 Comment

  1. Terri Weeks said,

    August 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for another resource to help me minister on love tomorrow night at our church. The Lord gave me this: “Love can only be found in and through me.” God IS love.


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