Unlock Love, post #2
“Love is patient…” This is the first descriptor of love Paul gives us in the famous “love chapter” from his letter to the Corinthians. If God is love, and love is patient, then God is patient with you and I. He is way more patient with us than we are with ourselves. Sometimes I think, “I can’t believe I’m still struggling in this area of my thought life.” But God says, “Cheer up! Just keep going, keep growing, keep letting me love you.” (I guess that must be from the gospel of Andrew). 😉
Yahweh was always this gracious. He “passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Meditate on this and it will help you have a good day!
“Love endures all things.” God happily endures with us through our struggles and failures. Put those two attributes of love together and you have, “God patiently endures with us.” God is not against us, he is for us. He doesn’t want you to go around in a cloud of frustration because you stumbled and made a mistake. And, it’s not just something he does to us; he endures with us. He is inside of us, alongside of us, above and below us, and ONE with us. He empathizes with us when we struggle. He rejoices with us when we overcome. He abides with us when we genuinely want to walk in his love-agenda.
To unlock love in our lives, we must open the gates of our minds and emotions to receive his love! If we are going to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves,” we have to start by loving ourselves. Then we’ll be cheerful, feel good about ourselves and be able to live with a buoyant spirit. We can withstand opposition and a multitude of problems when we know God’s unwavering love.
Jesus asked the Father, “that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them (1).” The same love the Father has for Jesus is poured out on us!
Have a love-filled day.