Do you ever get stuck in your desire to love others well? Maybe it was a really tough day, a rough relationship, or maybe the desire’s withered altogether. Love can just be plain hard. Because it’s sacrificial. Giving. Costly.
And it’s in the moments when we strive to pull the love out of ourselves that our eyes are opened to how imperfect we really are. I know that I’ve been there. Really wanting to love my husband but frustrated with a circumstance. Really wanting to love my kids but letting impatience get my best. Or really wanting to love my grandmother but not inspired nor willing to pick up the phone and give her a call. God’s kindly nudged me time and time again in this hard place, “Diana, you’re seeking to love from your own strength, from the broken places. Here’s my perfect love. Trust in Me.”
His tender whisper reminds me that, despite our flaws and selfishness, His love is the greatest that we can lean on. God’s love is perfect, faithful and endless – and He is so good to supply us with that love all the time. So much so that when we fully put our faith in Him, His love overflows out of us and into the people around us.
And so, no matter what this looks like for you today, when you ask yourself “How can I possibly love ____?” remember that you don’t have to do it out of your own strength. Rather, God wants to give you His love through Jesus. He wants you to know how deep His love is for you. Just how far His grace has gone to pursue you and the holy ground He’s placed you on as His child. With this, we can trust Him fully to be everything we need and for His love to work within us.
Let’s pray a simple prayer when loving is difficult. Let’s ask Him for a vision of how He sees those around us, for a strength that only He can provide, and for a revelation of how mighty and good He is despite our mess-ups. Taking a moment to put ourselves aside, I’m left breathless by how amazing God is to be with us and to literally be the love working in and through us. In every good and difficult situation. He knows it all and He still pursues us through Jesus – the real sacrificial, giving, costly love that’s more than worth it. What a blessing to be so loved and to be vessels of that love, amen?
CELEBRATE JOY IN THE WORD
- 2 Cor 2:19 // But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
- John 13:34 // “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
- Romans 8:28 // And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- Eph 3:20 // Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
CULTIVATE LOVE IN RESPONSE
How has loving someone been difficult for you lately? Pray and invite God’s love into this relationship. Ask Him to open your eyes and heart, to see them the way God sees them… To receive His love and in turn share that love with others.