I’m definitely no preacher or anywhere close. Just someone sharing from her heart. =)
I guess God is speaking to me intently about loving others. How to properly love others, in a godly fashion,…. with my speech, with my thoughts, with my actions. My last blog I wrote on thinking before we speak. This morning I was reminded of what love is. It’s amazing how we can use that word so liberally and not even think about whether or not we truly love something or someone. “I looooove this show” “I looooooove coffee” “I looooooove you”. Half the time we say we love something or someone it’s really just that we LIKE them.
Now let’s focus on when we say we love a person. Remember what the bible says about love. Seriously FOCUS on this passage. Because I know we hear it often but like Francis Chan suggests put your name in place of the word love. Then ask your self if you really are showing love to those you say you love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 Love (Katie) is patient, love (Katie) is kind. It (Katie) does not envy, it (Katie) does not boast, it (Katie) is not proud. (Here’s where it gets really tough!) It (Katie) does not dishonor others, it (Katie) is not self-seeking, it (Katie) is not easily angered, it (Katie) keeps no record of wrongs. Love (Katie) does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It (Katie) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
When I read it that way it reminds me that half the time I am not loving to others. I need to be fully focused on Christ ALL the time if I want to accomplish loving people the way He has called me and defines in this passage. There is no way I can possibly love anyone this way on my own. It’s only by His power and the Holy Spirit in me. And I have to be nurturing that Spirit by seeking Him daily. It also helps to have some accountability from other Christians. 😉
Now this business of love, it goes so much deeper then I think we recognize most of the time. One thing I’ve shared with you is I struggle with taking my thoughts captive and sometimes I allow my mind to focus on things that cause anger and resentment in my heart. I have struggled with anxiety for the last couple of years and a lot of times it’s a direct result of not taking every thought captive and handing things over to the Lord. It says in Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension but LOVE covers over all wrongs. I’m not implying here that I struggle with hate because I truly don’t, but if I took this verse and thought about how when I hold ANGER in my heart it definitely stirs up dissension. But if I CHOOSE to love (remember folks love is a CHOICE) when I make that choice to LOVE it truly does cover all wrong. And once again I used this verse last night James 1:20 For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Let’s be honest, the majority of our anger comes out of something petty…. not always but usually, okay for me it does,… and that anger does not produce righteousness of God within me. So therefore I need to lay it over and move on right? It’s a lot easier said then done.
I’d say the key is to 1.) Expose yourself to the truth that comes from the Word of God. And do it repeatedly. You wont be able to read one verse and be over it. Sometimes I find myself having to read multiple verses over and over while meditating on it and talking it out with God. Which leads to the 2nd thing and that is to not FOCUS on the thing or person that made you angry. And number 1 helps because you’d be turning your focus toward God and the more time you spend focusing on Him the less you are thinking about what made you angry.
Another thing God has been revealing to me (and not for the first time but probably the 100!) is that I must be seeking Him to find my worth and value. It’s Him that I must want to please. It’s Him that I want to find approval. I do not need to be seeking the approval of others. (FYI that is a trap I fell into with the whole facebook thing and yet another reason I don’t have it. Just some facts to help you gain perspective on me 😉 ) I don’t need the people here on earth to like what I’m doing or how I’m living. (Seriously, I don’t need you to comment on my photos or blogs and tell me how great my family is…. lol, juuuuuust kidding) I know that as long as my life is honoring to HIM, as long as my life brings Glory to HIS name that is all that matters.
Now you may feel this blog has jumped around a bit and well, as I said earlier I’m no preacher, I’m also no writer. It’s the heart guys, strait from the heart and frazzled mind of mine 😉 But for me, this all goes hand in hand. I need to be focused on Him, I need to be focused on His word and what LOVE is. Because He’s called us to love. The Message Luke 10:25-28 “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?” He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”
And if you need a definition for your “neighbor” Jesus proceeds in that passage to define what your neighbor is. 😉
So I’m upping the anty on my New Years Resolution. And it’s to LOVE GOD BETTER. (Which in turn will help me to love PEOPLE better) I want to love Him to the best of my ability. That’s the funny thing about our walk. We never reach perfection in it. We’re never finished, not until we arrive in Heaven. So we can always improve, always do better. So here I go! I will try to grow more and love more by seeking Him more diligently. Pray for me!!! 🙂 ….. maybe even join me?? 😉