If this isn’t Love…

“If this isn’t love, tell me what it is…”

“What would you do if you had no fear? That is what fear is robbing from you.” – T.D. Jakes


Vacation Bible School 2010

One of the activities was “If you had to choose one or the other which would it be…”

One of the questions that was asked was this one:

Would you rather love and never be loved

or

Be loved and never love?

At the time I answered the question truthfully

Without Christ I know I would chose to be loved and not to love

Why?

Because then I’d never have to deal with the feeling of rejection…

So yesterday (Sunday) it came to my attention that I am still very flawed in my love walk.

To answer T.D. Jakes’ question – if I had no fear I would love people

Extraordinarily and Extravagantly

I would give as much as myself as I possibly could

Without ever once worrying about being taken care of.

I strive to do that now

However, I’ve been carrying fear in my purse

For so long now that I didn’t even notice it was there

But

This weekend I was forced to take note of some of its effects (unbelief, insecurity, anxiety, living in the past, loss of joy and peace).

The Bible makes it plain

There is no fear in love, because perfect love casts (drives) out fear: for fear brings with it the thought of punishment. The person that fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

I wasn’t allowing myself to be made perfect in love.

My brother would always tells me that I’m not a people person and usually I agree

I think of myself as an introvert

But if the truth be told I am very much a people person

But I restrain myself (especially from loving people) out of fear-

Fear that people will look at me as odd

Fear of rejection

Fear of disappointment – whether its me disappointing them or them disappointing me

Fear of trusting people – who are prone to failure

Fear of forgiveness – of truly forgiving the way God forgives

Fear of being burned out!

Just too much fear going on-

And enough is enough

No more of that

EVER

If I can trust God with my soul and believe that after I die I’m going to heaven because God prepared a way of salvation for me – then I sure as heaven can trust Him enough to love the people around me that His heart beats for. I can and I must. And so what if people reject me, it’s not me it’s the love of God they’re rejecting.

David says it best “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” (Psalm118:6) and  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). I mean seriously, what’s the worse that can happen?

Okay worse case scenario someone gets so offended by the love I show them that they kill me – even then Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear Only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

And you know what I’ve never heard anyone complain that they’ve being loved too much. I’m not talking about that psycho killer kind of love where someone says “If you leave me I’ll kill you because I just love you too much to let you go or if I can’t have you nobody will” type stuff. No, I’m talking about the real deal kind of love.

The 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love – where Love

Is patient

Is kind

Is not jealous

Is not boastful

Is not proud

Is not rude

Does not demand it’s way

Is not irritable

Does not keep a record of being wronged

[or a record of all the good its done]

Does not rejoice in injustice but

Rejoices in truth

Never gives up

Never loses faith

Is always hopeful

Endures through Every circumstance [the good, the bad, the ugly]

Lasts forever and therefore

Never ends.

As I said in my previous post my love resembled agape but it was fraudulent because agape love is unconditional and my love had conditions. Sure I could be patient, kind, and giving etc. but only to a certain extent and there were some people with whom I simply could not tolerate unrequited love – it was painful coming from them whereas from other people it didn’t seem like as big of a deal. Because my love was conditional it could max out and when it did I became irritable and impatient and that is not Jesus.

Jesus never went tit for tat – if He did we’d all still be doomed for hell. Jesus loves freely and we are all free to accept it or reject it. I want to love freely the way Jesus did and to be frank I don’t have that capacity in my heart but David said that God was the strength of his life and when I make God the strength (the center) of my life then He will be the source of my agape love.

I’ve been in denial thinking I’ve been making strides when really I just turned a blinded eye but no more. Love doesn’t go looking for flaws in others love actually hides the multitudes of sin (1 Peter 4:8). Love doesn’t expose sin to embarrass people love confronts sin to better people.

Locating yourself is very important that’s the only way we can better ourselves. For me the issue wasn’t really with loving my enemies,  that was not where I was struggling. In my case my conditional love was evident and placed more on those closest to me because I suppose I had a higher standard for them when it came to love and reciprocity. Rejection and disappointment was not something I took very well from those people. But I’ve learned this very important lesson. God is love and God has my best interest at heart. I don’t need to worry about covering my own butt and making sure that I won’t be hurt or disappointed or rejected because God has already covered me in unfailing love, the grace that I received in the form of Jesus’ blood.

Now

If that isn’t love…

=)

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “If this isn’t Love…”

  1. 1 John 4:18 is my favorite verse. It’s wonderful that you’re coming to grips with your fear. Love is not an easy journey. In fact, I would have to say that it is probably one of the most difficult paths I’ve ever had to walk in my life.

    I would have to agree with you. Selfishly, I don’t think I could live a life of rejection either. I would rather be loved and fake it than give everything I am and never be loved in return.

    I look forward to meeting your soul mate. God has someone perfect in mind for you.

    Like

  2. Thanks love.

    It would be remiss of me if I didn’t take this opportunity to share with you how you’ve inspired me in the area of love and marriage simply by being yourself.

    When I went on your blog and read your about me section I was genuinely awed by the fact that you said you aspire to be an honest wife and an understanding mother.

    Lord knows mentally and emotionally I was in a state of rebellion and I saw those two roles as limiting what I could do in the Kingdom but God has shown me that He established that order and role in His Kingdom on earth for a reason and that it is indeed something to be desired and you’re about me section was living proof that is in in fact something I can aspire to. And now I’m looking forward to that time of my life more than ever.

    Thank you.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s