Radical Love Change
I grew up with love in the family. Loving my friends was important – a big second – but family love always came first. I had loving parents and siblings, and we always shared the love. When I grew up I expected to get married and duplicate the love. Show the same love to my family as I was shown in our family. Love stays in the family.
Now I am saved there is a radical love change going on. My love bursts through the gates and extends outward. I love my family and friends of course but now I also love God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and the rest of the whole wide world. I am all about the love, plain and simple. I breathe, eat, drink, walk and pour out the love every day. A whole lotta love going on right now.
If you walk the talk and are a true Christian, get ready for radical love change.
Love is the foundation of Christianity. Wide open, free sharing, give-give-give selfless love for everyone.
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Luke 10:27)
For decades the Lord in Heaven was simply an idea, not a reality.
“What if there really is a God?” I used to wonder.
When God ripped off the roof, stepped into my house, flopped down on the couch, dropped his enormous feet on my coffee table, and dug His hands into a big bowl of popcorn, well, I knew He was real and here for good.
At first I was in total shock. Who was this New Father? I was used to love in the family but loving a Big Spirit? Where do I begin?
To be honest, God was a big, easy love. Why? God made the first move and it was mind-wrecking.
When I got saved I was devastated and overwhelmed by His love. I drowned in God’s love, so much love I thought I died and gone to heaven. It was so easy to return His love. After we connected in love, a spiritual relationship was born. It went like this: the more I expressed my love, the more He loved me back, the deeper our relationship grew, and the more intimate we became. Love, relationship, love, relationship…round and round it went, a never-ending spiral of deepening love and relationship.
Hmm…this one was not so easy.
I grew up with family love first, friends’ love second. Never love outsiders. I was taught to be on guard. It was important to be kind, polite, honest and considerate but you had to be cautious. I suppose it was a trust issue. You can trust family and friends but be careful with outsiders.
As a true believer, you must love all. There is no way around it but it can be a balancing act. You love someone, let them into your life, and then you get burned. This will always happen, no denying that fact of life.
How do you survive the burning? Do you put up boundaries and keep a safe distance? Give them a taste of Christ but hold back a whole lot more? Cautious Christian?
I think God changes our love over time. He not only gives us His love but builds strength and resilience into our love too.
My love has grown stronger. I am much better at facing rejection and pain than before. God’s eternal love pours deep inside my heart and keeps me strong in love. Today when I get burned in love, I let it go. Rejection and pain bounce off my love, ricochets around the room and fly out the window.
God’s love is strong, eternal, bold, sincere, able to withstand a hurricane of rejection or attack. God’s love transforms our hearts, giving us the strength to resist what the world throws at us. I am no longer afraid of loving outsiders. I am still cautious with words but I try my best to show them Christ’s love in deeds.
Love God and Love All. Radical love change takes time and effort. Take it slow and be easy on yourself. It will come over time. I promise you. Love God with all your heart, extend your love beyond your boundaries and watch your life change forever.Love God, Love All and watch your life change forever Click To Tweet
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