When was the last time someone hurt your feelings or made you mad?
Sooner or later, we’re all on someone’s list.
Our human nature guarantees it. We’re each a work in progress. And in the process, we can be less than sincere and more than someone else can handle.
But people weren’t meant to be handled. We were made to be loved.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! – 1 John 3:1a NLT
However, well-meaning missteps or self-serving malice makes our relationships (and our love) complicated.
In his book, A Lifelong Love, Gary Thomas asks:
“When was the last time you asked something of God’s Holy Spirit?
Help me to love more. Help me to listen more. Renew my heart. Give me strength. Help me forgive…”
This prayer seeks to go beyond what’s complicated to make us more like Christ. Thankfully, you and I aren’t left to do the heavy lifting of loving others by ourselves.
God is love and His Spirit knows just what we need to make the shift from our pain to His power.
Whatever challenges me the most, is often what God uses to change me the most. And eventually I realize, if every person meets all my conditions, I’ll never learn how to love unconditionally.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
This post is part of my "Lessons I've Learned About Life (so far)" series for the #write31days challenge. To find out more start here.