Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Short Supply of Love?

Pray for me as I am feeling short supply of Love for just about everybody these days... Ha just kidding but seriously this is one of my biggest struggles (forgiveness being #1)..
My Devotion for Today:


A SHORT SUPPLY OF LOVE

by Gail Rodgers


When Susan thought of some of the dear people in her life spontaneous feelings of love sprang from her heart. Then there were others who were not so easy to love. They challenged her sense of justice, her patience and even her Christian faith as she grappled with how to love them.

She re-read the chapter in her Bible that outlines the characteristics of love. One phrase stood out to her: "Love is patient and is kind..." (1 Corinthians 13:4).

She thought about the group at church who were talking about the pastor and trying to get him to leave. Or the woman at work who just seemed to want to make her life miserable. She had a neighbor who mistreated his wife and she felt disgust for him. The politician who represented her was making decisions contrary to her beliefs. Even some extended family members were awfully trying. She felt justified in withholding her love.

Yet here God was clearly outlining the characteristics of love. His Word said the world should know we are Christians by our love. Love should be the hand - rail that will steady us in all our relationships and dealings with the world around us. Yet how is it possible? One could not just turn a blind eye to injustice, mistreatment and gossip.

The springs of love are within God...love does not naturally exist in our own hearts when love is not returned. God tells us exactly what is required of us when we face this dilemma in our hearts. Listen to His wisdom....

"And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly
To love mercy and
To walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).

It began to make sense to Susan. Her responsibility was simply to walk humbly with her God. She would allow Him to keep her heart soft with mercy while striving for fairness. This would make the difference in the situations where people seemed so irritating. His Holy Spirit would give her patience and the ability to be kind. This approach would even bring balance to situations at church or work that were getting out of control. This love made sense to her. She had new perspective. Mercy and fairness from God's heart could help her deal with some of the hard spots in life.

3 comments:

grizaham said...

I love you babe! And appreciate all you do! :)

Julie Bray said...

Thanks, i needed that too!

LG said...

Hooray a comment from Julie Bray! Come visit us Brays! We miss ya'll so much!

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