Fruit #1

LOVE

The word “LOVE” gets abused today, especially in relationships. Most couples look for a feeling and focus only on that rather than the person, hence the reason why it is so common for people to have short dating relationships. Love takes work and is not a reaction of emotions; it is a choice and a pursuit.

Many people wonder, especially after awful break-ups and torn families and such,
“What is true love?”


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. Love never fails.

This, my blog-followers, is love.
If at any time we fail at showing these, we are not loving.
When one acts out in a fit of rage against another, he/she is not showing love: no kindness
When one does not respect the waiting process, he/she is not showing love: no patience

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.

True, undying, passionate, pure, love is powerful and the glue in a relationship (GOD IS LOVE-1 John 4:8).
When relationships (whether with family, friends, or your special someone) start going down hill there is a lack of love.
All the attributes of love (found in first quote), if applied daily, will create that romance longed for. The hard test is choosing to love and working for it.
Love comes at a price: sacrifice.

In The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) it was his choice to be sacrificial and love the stranger.

This is how God showed His love among us; He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

This is the ultimate sacrifice; the best example of love.
God did not have to save us from eternal separation from Him, but He did. Jesus DIED for EVERYONE even after ALL the things we have done wrong.

Continually loving someone over the test of time, no matter what they have done takes an unending amount of effort; one cannot just stop pursuing after marriage.
All the work done in the dating process  must continue into marriage and on for the rest of their lives together. It is easily turned into a schedule; she has her work, he has his, the eat dinner and watch t.v. together, sleep and wake up..repeat.
Where is the romance that once was?
What happened to the burning, passionate flame?

Time is wearing. Without the mind-set of continual pursuit, a marriage, or any relationship for that matter, can become mundane and regular. Take for instance what happened in the Bible here:

What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.

These people had a fading love. Many parents know the feeling of their creation-their child turning their backs to them. God created us and each time we lack love it hurts Him, especially when its specifically against HIM. God does not just want us to love Him in the sunshine, but in the storm; love that lasts and pushes through the ruff spots means more and is stronger than if it had none at all.

What can your love for God and all those around you be compared to? Something permanent like ink stains? Semi-permanent like a marker? Something that quickly fades like a light pencil mark?

[question]
Should I continue with the Fruit of the Spirit or blog more about love?
{{check out Sarah’s previous blog, written in March about LOVE LANGUAGES <—click here}}



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