As we start a brand new 12 months, I pray, as I do yearly, for God to divulge to me one thing he’d like me to meditate on within the coming 12 months. What does God need me to study? And the place does he need me to develop?
In previous years, God has revealed joy (2022) and fearless (2023) to me as phrases for my 12 months. And I see how he has taught me to go deeper into the thriller of the Gospel as I realized find out how to specific pleasure, even within the midst of sorrow, after which to be fearless, relying fully on God.
This 12 months, the phrase is obvious: love.
I say this phrase on a regular basis. I like espresso and tacos, my husband, and in addition my pal’s canine. In fact, I like God. However with such assorted makes use of of the phrase, I have no idea what love actually means.
I do know what it’s to like somebody or one thing that equally delights in me. My husband is all the time kinder, extra attentive, and extra loving to me than I’m to him. It’s simple to like him. The identical is true for my pal’s canine that appears to be over the moon to see me each time I present up.
I suppose I first observed a distinct form of love once I had kids. They might do nothing for me, provide me nothing, and but, I might die for these boys. I work endlessly to feed them and maintain them secure and completely satisfied. They’re now youngsters and the sweetest of teenagers, however they’re typically annoying or impolite, and but, I nonetheless love them. I might transfer mountains for them.
My enemies? Not a lot. They’re greater than annoying. They actively penalize me for my kindness in the direction of them. They’ve gotten me fired from jobs, unfold gossip about me, and made the communities I transfer inside tough.
And but, I’m referred to as to like them. I’m not referred to as simply to tolerate them or be well mannered. I don’t know what it seems to be like to like an enemy. I feel that is why my phrase is love this 12 months, in order that I can step deeper into the thriller of affection with Jesus.
We all know the Scripture passage on love from 1 Corinthians that’s usually learn at weddings, however what about making use of it to enemies?
Love is affected person; love is type; love just isn’t envious or boastful or conceited or impolite. It doesn’t insist by itself method; it isn’t irritable or resentful; it doesn’t rejoice in wrongdoing, however rejoices within the fact. It bears all issues, believes all issues, hopes all issues, endures all issues. Love by no means ends. (1 Corinthians 13:4–8a)
St. Paul factors us to know real love is otherworldly. Not all love is similar. Actual love comes from God.
I don’t know the place God goes to take me this 12 months as I meditate on love. I do know I’ll study the depths of its definition, and I’ll study to observe it higher, particularly with my enemies. And I need to imagine that this actual love is actually transformative. That is the Gospel.
I can’t do that alone. I need to depend upon God to point out me the best way. I’m anticipating miracles.