All we need is love.
My heart aches to see the condition of our nation. It’s so obvious that Satan has been successfully filling the hearts of so many with hatred. Humanity is hurting. And whether we realize it or not, we’re all searching for a way to ease that pain. So what is the answer for it all?
As I’ve pondered these thoughts in my heart over the past few days, I’ve seen lots of people express that they think the answer is “All we need is love.” I won’t lie, that answer has always frustrated me. Don’t get me wrong, Ive always agreed that we need love. I’ve always felt however that so many are talking about the, sit around a camp fire, singing songs and holding up peace signs, kind of love. The, just get along, to each their own, kind of love. The world’s version of love. The worlds version of love has never stood the test of time. It’s never held up when it mattered most. What the world loves one day it’s ready to destroy the next. It’s 100% conditional. It’s 100% wrong. It’s the one thing that we as Christians absolutely can not afford to adopt. We must love like Jesus. We must do better.
Today my prayer for myself was for God to teach me how to love people better. I’ve always tried to love people, all people. But I’ve got a million miles to go to do it like Jesus does.
As I begin this journey with the Lord, I know I’ll be challenged in big ways. I know I’m going to have to practice more patience, more kindness, more forgiveness, more of everything that is like Jesus.
I’m going to have to sacrifice convenience and my own comfort. I’m going to have to listen when I want to speak, and speak when I want to stay silent. I’m going to have to stand up when I want to sit down, and sit down when I want to stand up. I’m going to have to give until it hurts, never expecting anything in return. I will have to be ready with an answer for everyone who asks of me. I won’t be able to answer the way I want, but instead by the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I’m going to have to have the hard conversations.
I’m going to have to live like Jesus.
It’s going to be harder than I’m prepared for.
It’s going to go against every fiber of my fleshly nature.
It’s going to cost me.
I’m going to do it anyway.
The Lord is calling me to rise up for such a time as this, loving like He does.
I believe He’s calling you too.
The cost will be great, but the reward will be greater.
I drove through downtown the other day as peaceful protesters stood in front of City Hall. My 3 year old asked me what all those people were doing. On her level, I explained that they were protesting, telling everyone that they didn’t want people to hurt each other anymore. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t ready to have those conversations with her yet. I was just basking in the joy of knowing her childlike love extended to everyone, no questions asked. I didn’t want her to know the reality of the worlds conditional love yet.
I’m in awe of the condition of our nation. But I know that if there ever was a time to rise up and shine the light of Jesus, it’s now.
The Lord always takes what the enemy meant for evil and turns it for good. This is no different. The evil that was meant to destroy us, divide us, conquer us, doesn’t have to! We can step out and show the world the true definition of love. We can show them Jesus.
I believe there is already so much good coming from this. I believe the Lord is changing the hearts of His people, and teaching them how to love like He does. I believe if we rise to the challenge, we will see a change.
All we need is love.
God is love.
Jesus is God.
All we’ve ever needed is Jesus. ❤️
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