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Before I share what’s on my heart, would you please pray for me? This is our Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference week! And at 2:00 today (Friday), I teach a session on Writing Bible Studies. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.
Today in my Encouragement for Today devotion, “She Met God in the Grocery Store, I share a story about when God called me out of my comfort zone to love a stranger in a way I never had before. If you want to read it, click here. So I thought I would dig a bit deeper into what God’s Word teaches us about loving others…especially when loving them feels awkward, uncomfortable or is just downright difficult.
God makes it very clear in His Word that we are love others. And that sounds good, but sometimes it can be really hard. Especially if showing that love makes us uncomfortable either because it’s someone that isn’t easy to love. Or it’s taking us out of our comfort zone, as with my story.
But God’s command is unmistakable.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart….love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
You and I are called to love. Not with a false love or a love we muster in our strength, gritting our teeth every step of the way. That love must be “sincere” Romans 12:9. In the King James, it says love must be “without dissimulation.” This word in the Greek is anupokritos. It means “true, unfeigned, without hypocrisy.”
Friend, God calls us to the real thing. Just like Coke; nothing compares to the “real thing.” Sorry all you Pepsie fans. 🙂
But we aren’t called to love with this “real” love in our own strength. If we were, we could never ever do it. We are too selfish. Too judging. Too self-centered. We are called to love with a particular kind of love…God’s love…the love He deposited in our hearts when we said “yes” to Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
1 John 4:7 says, “Let us love one another, for love comes from God….”
God has given us an amazing resource from which to draw. WE DRAW FROM HIS LOVE! It’s a sacrificial love. The kind of love that moved Him to sacrifice His One and Only Son.
Read the words of Romans 5:5: “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” God’s love is a fruit of that Spirit. Galatians 2:2
To grow His love in us, God will continually challenge us to love beyond our natural capabilities. To love those who might be considered enemies. To love those who have hurt or betrayed us. To love those who make us uncomfortable. To love those who are strangers.
For this to happen, we must rid our hearts of toxic feelings, thoughts, fears, and emotions. I love the words of Beth Moore on this topic. She says that when we empty ourselves, “the liquid living love of God will not only surge through our hearts; it will splash on anyone nearby!“
Hallelujah! Sweet friend, who does not want more of God’s “liquid love” surging through her heart?!
Join me today in taking a small step of obedience? Let’s ask God to open our eyes so that we can see how He wants to use us to splash some of His LIVING liquid love on someone today.
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