If your faith is the same as mine, then you believe that God Himself is Love.
So what does that love truly look like? What does it mean for us personally?
I came across this list that explains some of the attributes of that love & added my own personal-ness :
It’s abounding. (Exodus 34:6) — it’s more than enough for me
It’s merciful. (Psalm 25:6) — it’s freely given in spite of me
It’s wonderful. (Psalm 31:21) — what can I add to that?
It’s better than life. (Psalm 63:3) — it keeps me going – I would ever again want to live without it
It’s faithful. (Psalm 89:24) — never, ever once has it left me
It endures forever. (Psalm 118:4) — nothing & noone can separate me from it
It’s rich. (Psalm 145:8) — it supersedes anything material this life can provide
It’s everlasting. (Jeremiah 31:3) — I will always have it – forever with no doubt
It’s patient. (I Corinthians 13:4) — I have said it many times – but without that patience I would have just been a greasy spot long ago
It’s kind. (I Corinthians 13:4) — it is very kind to me, sweet & doting & fatherly- & my friend.
It’s wide and long and high and deep. (Ephesians ) — I cannot fathom its capacity
It surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians ) — it is wild & free & has no bounds – it doesn’t care what color we are – what sex, what orientation, how awful or great we have been, or what we have done. It goes beyond all reasoning. Man cannot comprehend it.
I have only been able to love, really love since I began to understand & receive how much I am loved. I wasn’t able to give what I did not possess. I only knew in part & walked in shadows of it, & selfishly at that.
Through the process of life-happenings – hardships, joys, triumphs & sorrows – & experiencing God’s love through all of it – I am now able to see people & myself differently. More clearly – past all the “stuff” (that we all have & yes that means you too..) Through to the core – that place deep inside where we all live from. Some of us live in shacks, some of us are homeless – some of us live in comfort & warmth & grandeur. It all depends on how we feel inside, how much worth we believe we have, how much we believe we are truly accepted & loved.
When I know I have played any part at all in helping someone to get there, I can’t contain what it does to me.
I believe that’s what we are here for – to point a lost & hurting world toward home. To walk with one another, shouldering, crying & laughing & getting angry for each other. Being empathetic – not lofty or self-righteous or jealous. Praying, showing up, being kind & merciful & patient. We all need it sometime.
We are God’s hands – let’s make it our goal to present them authentically.
Here is to receiving much Love & giving it away every chance we get –