It is Loving beyond Receiving
How that He loves us first.
You know I was going to write on Romance this week. A reader had requested some enlightenment on that topic and so I thought why not share it to all (I’ll definitely share it later Egzy. Just maybe this post is to help you learn how to love unconditionally before proceeding to the romantic kind of love). On Tuesday (my writing time; to allow enough time for editing), I was already taking mental notes and pictures of what it’s supposed to look like. I spoke to my Male Editor on my limitations but as always, he encourage-ably pushed me (I don’t know if he knows how much this means to me). In my head, I thought “okay okay, something will definitely come out”. Come Wednesday morning, while having my bath in the early hours of the day, something more dropped – LOVING (GIVING) BEYOND RECEIVING. Steps to writing came in but hell, I was having my bath already and running late so the actual scribbling down couldn’t work and so I asked my spirit to hold on because I have come to notice that once I got something and didn’t immediately get to pen it down, I was likely to go all the way with the article; sentence by sentence in my head, and once I did that without jotting, it was all most likely lost except the Holy Spirit brings me to remembrance but definitely in entirely different words and format (which I may end up not liking). You get? Okay so enough of the chattering. Down to the message…
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… Because He first loved us.
Ever wondered how that we became? How in the whole font, we exist and are able to ‘perform’ of anything in the first place? Like, who thought to put the different parts to perfectly fit and what could have been His motive for pulling through and to us to this extent?
I preach of LOVE here.
Do you know me or have been an active reader on the blog? Then you must know how much of a love fanatic I am, and so you should know how easy it is for me to put love themed pieces like this together.
1 JOHN 4:9 explained precisely and in summary how much we own but also stressed how we only own so much because it was freely given to us first.
Don’t you then think you owe it to give in as much measure unto other persons?
How do we determine those who deserve or need any measure of love from us?
In order to do this, you need to realize that you ought to love without actually expecting to receive love back. Else, how do we justify the scripture that says “…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (MATT. 5:44, NLT) or “Do not repay evil for evil.
Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing (I interpret “blessing” there to mean something beyond their comprehension. Something beyond what they understand and know they most do not deserve – stun them to want to thrive for this inner peace that only Christ can offer). That is what God has called you (we all) to do, and He will bless you for it. (1 PETER 3: 9, NLT)”. Let me say, they will spite you, they will try to trample upon you and all you ever stand for, but it takes the strength of God and being fortified with God’s unfailing standard of love to withhold and further tread ahead in the path of unconditional giving (in love and in good-kind).
It’s going to be a hard task to accomplish, I mean, who are we kidding right? It is not as though we aren’t all in this same world and don’t see just how frustrating life itself can be, how much more the people who are thrown to face it and have lots of hurting ends to themselves.
In the last scriptural verse quoted earlier, it says “… and He will bless you for it”, this is to mean that God will reward every good act He has commanded to be done in his word. Some persons get carried away while doing all of these by wanting immediate appreciations and sometimes insisting on the “Thank-you” gesture for their acts even from those they supposedly offer the act to. Hey let me shout it down that when you obey God’s word and expect a compliment for the favor from mankind, the ultimate reward might as well have been forfeited. So tell me, which would you rather have and wait for? Even more, you’d get disappointed expecting a reciprocation of love professed.
To have a deep compassion for someone and being genuinely interested in their lives and well-being without expecting the same is to actually and unconditionally love the person; the agape kind of love as taught to us by the author of love Himself. This actually does not exactly require “a feel” like we are probably used to or any particular kind of emotion as in the case of a romantic kind of love. And this is basically the strength and grip of how you are able to express something more than they deserve; knowing it is with no attachment – the God-conditioned kind of approach to all of His and from all of His.
Love always has a ripple effect. One act of kindness showed always makes the next man a better person and makes such person available to give love back to the rest of the world.
Give, as it has been freely given to you that all of mankind may know peace in deep rest and in all kinds – in love, attention, care and substance.
Your humble space-friend-in-love,