God is Love. Jesus taught us to love. He loved. He loved ALL.
Those who followed Him.
Those who did NOT.
Those who listened to Him.
Those who turned a deaf ear.
Those who made fun.
Those who let him down.... repeatedly.
Sinners - like you & me.
He told us to love the same.
God asks us to love - it will be our love that heals, forgives, and directs the world to their Savior.
I find it easy to love - most of the time- when it seems natural - or deserved - or reciprocated.
But what about when it's not ?
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44
I do not believe this scripture only refers to the distant enemies - the stranger who offended you on social media - those who persecute Christians in far off cultures ( or even here in US) - He also asks us to love and pray for...
-the mother down the street that has offended you with her words on more than one occasion
-the coworker that slanders you to your peers
-your father that walked out on you for something/someone better
-the mother who critiques your every decision & tells you that you will never measure up
-the friend who used to be
-the child who calls your child "fat"
-the sibling that you once shared a room with that now has gone astray
Whoever - regardless of Whatever- We are asked to Love.
Love - in Jesus' Way - is not the "absence of hate"- instead it is a brotherly love - an act of the heart to WANT goodness - Salvation and healing- for others. Love is in those quiet moments of solitude when we feel the tap of the Holy Spirit and the urge to pray for our enemies - even when it hurts. Allow God to love through you - when your wounded heart (or ego) cannot seem to rally.
In this humble act - Hearts. Get. Changed.
Not our enemies - but OURS.
Love. Casts. Out. Fear.
You don't have to make everything right - you don't even have to forgive before you start to Love.
the rest will follow.
God's plan will follow.
Love withOUT expectations of reciprocation.
Love as God has asked us to do -
a mid-thirties mom and wife seeking truth, peace and joy in my daily life. mom to two wild, snuggly, and fierce boys - and wife to my best friend and bearded man of my dreams. My joys are giving and receiving gifts (its my love language- not materialistic) - pushing my limits and extinguishing my stress in the workout room- serving others in the medical profession and in my community of friends . i love doing life with others - the phone calls on way to work, the couch discussions, the annual camping trips - My community of friends would tell you I am as authentic and outspoken as you can get - sometimes you can find my husband hiding behind a pillow! My parents thought I would always be a lawyer- I have a strong passion to get the last word - I just cant walk away. Marriage, Motherhood, and my walk with the Lord continue to push me, shape me, and change me. I pray this blog will bless just ONE - and the point to the ONE-