Nothing. N-O-T-H-I-N-G has been repeated more than this in my hearing: What you don’t have, you can’t give. For four years, I’ve dissected the lives of mentors, successful entrepreneurs, pastors, authors, and even the neighbor next door and found the constant value to be true.
You can’t give what you don’t have. Does anything stand different from this trend? I wouldn’t be so eager to say yes, because the greatest of them, love, works according to this principle.
For twelve Thursdays, I’ve been discovering this most amazing truth, that Love is the only way. Last week’s post discussed the open arms of our Father, ready to receive all that would come to Him. His love for us is everlasting. It doesn’t depend on seasons, periods, or developments. It’s ever there. Everlasting love.
So, what then do we need to do? We need to give this back in multiple folds. You say, “I can’t love God more than He ever has loved me.” True. We cannot. *We love Him because He first loved us. However, God, who established all principles, knows the importance of giving back what we’ve received, and so He established this.
**This is how to be like your Father in Heaven: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you.
What? Is this Man high? No, he’s certainly not. He knows we’ve received an unjustified love, and we can only remain in this love if we give it out in like manner. Remember Jesus died for the whole world, not His disciples.
Truth be told, it’s hard to love your colleagues, especially when you are all aiming for a particular goal. It’s tasking to love your family, when they don’t seem to care about your wellbeing. It might even pose a challenge to love your partner, if you’ve been offended.
But this Man goes further. Love your enemies. That’s impossible. I know. I still haven’t grasped the full depth of this instruction, but this I know: If we were loved while in our state of sin, we have no hold against not paying the same measure to our neighbors (and that include the boyfriend snatcher and the mate who seeks to implicate you for her benefit).
Love them all. You can’t love them because you have the power, but that you have been loved. ***Even before he made the world, God chose us… who stand before him covered with His love.
Wow! What bliss! To know that we’ve been loved, and we can love others is so much wonder. And so unfair it would be if we keep this exchange one-sided, not giving as we receive.
So the charge for you today is to give love unconditionally, for you are loved in the same measure.
*- 1 John 4:19 (KJV)
**- Matthew 5: 44-45 (TLB, paraphrase mine).
***- Ephesians 1:4 (TLB)
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