Do you long for the joy that is true and lasting?
Can you believe that we are a few months away from the end of this decade?
Time has fleetingly past us by. And as the days draw us in at the end of every season in life, here we can discover an opportunity to not only think about our journey through the last decade, but reflect on how we are developing in many areas of our life.
Recently, I have been thinking about love and in particular where Paul talks about how our love for each other should keep growing all the time (2 Thessalonians 1:3).
Do you think about how you would live if you constantly had your eternal destination in mind? Our life on earth right now is temporary. Does how you live affect your perspective and those you love with God’s unconditional love?
Paul had this in mind – that our love for those around us would increase more and more (Philippians 1:9). Not only for our friends and family. But, particularly those we don’t really know and find it difficult to be nice towards. Why should we? So that God may find us as excellent, pure and blameless.
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Are you ready to grow in love?
- To gain the love Paul talks about in every area of your life. And at times that could be where our lives are not perfect or defined by how we feel.
- To acquire this Godly unconditional and sacrificial love where you follow the model Christ has given us. To love others because that is how Christ loved us and gave His life for us (Galatians 2:20).
- To transfer this to our closest relationships, where it requires determination to love your spouse even if you don’t have the perfect marriage. Or love a troublesome teenager, when your perspectives and outlooks clash and disagree.
- To set a task for yourself to start the growing in love process with everyone you meet, from the person in the supermarket to your colleagues at work and clients. So that you are allowing your love to be put to the test.
Where does loving others all begin?
Christ taught us to love one another. Firstly, as He loves us. And secondly, so we should love others (John 13:34). Most times this will be difficult. But God give us the grace to endure those moments we find conflicting. Right there when God asks us to love that person when it seems impossible, His grace is giving us the ability to do this.
When someone hurts us, it’s natural to withdraw or withhold affection. Yet, here is where we are required to prod ourselves away from our comfort zones and grow in love. Where we love others regardless of how they treat us and nurture the need to develop unconditional love. Our affection should not depend on our actions, mood or circumstances. But God’s strength, especially in those days when you feel like loving the unlovable person is too hard.
Where do I fit into this?
Think about all the times we haven’t behaved imperfectly and despite this, Christ loves us all the same. His affection nurtures us so that we don’t wither. Our responsibility is to follow His example and love others with this Christlike grace. Because God’s grace loves us according to His capacity, not according to the degree of our merit. Therefore we must love others by God’s standards not our own.
This month the focus is on Breast Cancer Awareness and a chance for us to do our part, by wearing pink on 18 October and think about Breast Cancer Now. To help make an impact on both the life-saving and life-changing assistance to cancer treatment and research.
- Begin with a few tips to ensure you diagnose any early changes by checking your own breasts regularly.
- Do this regularly to ensure you notice anything unsual or different in shape or size. To colour or texture. That includes pain and insensitivity too.
- And it offers a possibility and time for action to get involved and wear pink on 18 October and raise funds for breast cancer research.
So, how do we grow in love as a Christian? Towards others who may never know God in any way. It’s all about loving God with all our heart, mind and soul. Then grow in love every day. To make a difference in your world, to those you brush shoulders with and who you encounter in your day to day schedule. Additionally the month of October, we have an opportunity to support the campaign for Breast Cancer. To raise awareness and join in to help others in need. And impact the lives of others with God’s unconditional love.