Love Fest ~ Throw Away The To-Do’s and Go Authentic!

It’s Wednesday!  We’ve made it 4 days through this chapter and I pray God has revealed new life to your heart.  Love is a broad, multifaceted word – isn’t it?  Since we’ve started this discussion I have found many places where I have not applied this love to my life, and yet rediscovered others where it is blooming rampant.  My eyes have been opened to a fresh work of love and I pray it continues on to fruition.  If we aren’t working towards stronger, more authentic faith…then we’re festering and that just stinks.

Love “Puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.  Love never dies.”  1 Corinthians 13:7-8a (MSG)

The verse today, honestly, has stumped me.  At first glance it is a tall order to fill and those, I prefer to run from.  But here I will lean in.  After all, this blog is about vulnerability and authenticity right – so we’ll lean in to the uncomfortable and work it out.

So here goes:  I haven’t been putting up with things, in fact I’ve been fighting things.  I sometimes wane in my trust of God, my flesh gets nervous that perhaps He is too big, too busy or too far away?  My past experiences have taught me not to look for the best but to plan and prepare for the worst… which if I were to be honest with myself, is “looking back”.  I have given up… more times than I want to admit… and doubt shades the statement that love never dies in my mind.

There I said it.

This verse is hard to live out authentically and honestly.

But what if we listened to this verse – not as a call to action but as a reminder of what is already within?

1 John 4:17-18 says,  “God is love.  When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.  This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us…” (MSG)

Paul wasn’t giving us a‘to-do’ list; he was describing an evidence list.  If I take residence in the depths of His love then I will see perseverance, trust and hope.  I don’t need to grit my teeth and put on love like a uniform.  Instead, I need to lean in to His love and let it radiate through my broken flesh.  Because of His love I can trust God always; because of His love I can look for the best in other people; because of His love I can forgive my past and press forward.  And we all know what happened when evil tried to kill His love… it didn’t die.

Love isn’t defined in my actions or even my thoughts.  It is defined and displayed through His love in my life.

{No words for a prayer today… I stand open to the Holy Spirit while my face is lifted to the sunlit sky… “bathe me in the light of Your Love, Lord”}

Growing Out Of Light

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3 Comments on “Love Fest ~ Throw Away The To-Do’s and Go Authentic!

  1. Daily I make my “to-do-list” and I am always quick to add “IGW” (If God Willing) and I also pray, “Lord, I surrender my schedule to you this day.” Love, G.G. P.S. I like that you are so transparent in your writings.

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  2. Brandi – You’re doing a great job with this. Tough – I know – with all the distractions you have each day :-). I find a great little tidbit in each posting. A small reminder, thought provoking encouragement, and incentive to refocus – as you talk about today.

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