I’m not really sure where it happened, but somewhere in the distant past God did something inside of me. He put inside of me a very different kind of love. It’s a love that knows no bounds. It’s a love that’s very hard at times to even wrap my mind around. It’s a love that makes some people question me.
Have you ever been wronged? Well if you’ve been around long enough, surely there have been some people that have hurt you in one way or another. Maybe it’s a “friend” talking about you behind your back. Someone who strives to cause discord in your life. Maybe it’s someone who has blatantly told you that they do not like you. Maybe it’s a strained relationship with a family member.. All of these things can be enough to wear someone down. All of these things can be enough to make someone draw a line in the sand and say “I’m done.” All of these things have happened to me. Yet, I’ve never come to the point of being “done.” I cannot describe it. I cannot describe what it is that makes me continue to genuinely whole-heartedly LOVE those people. It can really only be described as a true work of God.
I’ve had people question me. How can you continue to be around people who are nothing like you. Or.. How can you be around someone you KNOW is talking about you behind your back. And while these are all very valid questions, there’s has always been something that kept me from writing certain people out of my life. I’ve asked God to reveal to me whether or not I’m wrong to stay in certain friendships. I’ve asked Him to close doors if my spiritual walk would be affected. But I can’t move. I can’t say that I feel stuck. I can’t say either that I feel like I thrive in certain relationships. What I can say is I feel like I’m being obedient. Two words keep coming to me when I meditate on these things. When I pray and seek God and ask Him to shelter me from the pain that comes along with being “talked about” or gossiped about, he gives me two words. Agape love.
Agape love: Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.
In my heart of hearts I genuinely love each one of my friends and family members even when I KNOW the same kind of love isn’t reciprocated. I can’t help it. I don’t know when it happened, but I do know HOW it happened. It was something God put inside of me to withstand what he knew would be in my path. You see, God is a really smart God and He knew that I would need an Agape kind of love to keep my heart pure.
I am not claiming to be some sort of saint, I’m far from it. What I am here to say is this: If you are going through a trying time…. if someone is wearing you down mentally and spiritually… the solution is simple. Choose Love! I’m here to encourage you and let you know that when you choose Love over Loss or heartache, Love always wins. Sure, some things and people may fall away from your life and I think that’s a normal thing, but it should always and ONLY be in God’s timing. He knows who and what is best for you. So seek Him first, choose Love and sit back and watch how much sweeter your walk with Christ will be!
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 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.
(I recently saw this photo and LOVE it)
Lots of Love,