Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Learning to Love

The truth is we don't know how to love like Jesus.  The bible when describing the unconditional love of God says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1Corinthians 13:4-8)
We have to learn to love like Jesus.  As we are transformed and grow in our relationship with Christ our love will become more like His.  It will become more patient, more kind, more humble, more forgiving, more trustworthy and more unfailing.  We are a work in progress and our growth can be guage by the change in our love.
Here is the tough part.  We don’t develop and learn to love like Jesus in moments that are easy to love.  We learn to love like Jesus when it is difficult to love.  When our love requires patients we have to lean on the love of Christ.   We grow in our love when we love without getting love in return.  We grow in Christ like love when we love those who persecute us.  We learn to love when we love always, no matter what.
We need to embrace the difficult times of love as opportunities to grow to be more like Christ.  We need to recognize those moment when love is difficult for us are our opportunities to learn to love like Jesus.  In these moment we need to trust and rely on the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus and allow his love to flow through us and teach us to love like him.  
In Christ’s love and mine, 
Doug


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