“Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.”
– 1Corinthians 14:9
Love is such a complicated subject and everyone has strong opinions of what love is, the characteristics of love and how we should feel, when we are in love with someone.
This kind of love is driven by our emotions and feelings.
What about the love that the bible speaks of ? The love for your enemies? The love for that person who is constantly getting under your skin or that person that seems like their sole purpose is to push your buttons, to see if they can get you to react causing you to loose your cool…
This is the love that I am struggling with in my current environment.The more I intentionally avoid certain people, the more they keep showing up in my space. When this happens, I can feel the adrenaline pumping through my body. All my sensors are elevated and I am on high alert anticipating what could possibly go wrong in the next 30 seconds.
Something is bound to go wrong, I rationalize in my mind.The bad energy was feeding off itself and I caught myself visualization myself, punching the main guy in the jaw. I knew this was wrong on so many levels, but I was allowing my feelings and emotions to rule over me.
How could that ever solve the problem, I continued to ask myself. We coexist in the same small environment and I was out numbered a hundred to one.
Lately, everytime I went to service at the chapel, the message would be about love and the love of God. At first, it would just make me shut down as I was stuck in my stubbornness.
Subconsciously, I felt justified and empowered like a lion, protecting himself and his pack.
I was being challenged and I wanted to eliminate the challengers.
Next service – Love again..Now this was starting to eat at me. Why would I show these people love…No, I was not going to do it.
Thursday comes around and Richie calls me over. We always get together and prepare for the evening bible study. I write down all the scriptures that Richie wanted to discuss, on the topic that He feels lead to teach on.
“Chad, tonight we going to discuss love and how without love, nothing else matters.” I just looked up at Richie and burst out laughing as he handed me the sheet with all the scriptures listed on it, for the nights Bible study.
Thirteen scriptures for me to review on the Power of Love and how without love we can never please God.
As I read through the scriptures, the Lord began to show me that we will always have difficult people in our lives. His love is not about feelings but choices!
You can choose to love someone even when you don’t feel like loving them.
You can choose to forgive. Doesn’t mean the other person was right, it just means I have chosen to let go of the hurt and anger that has been boiling inside me.
I see that sometimes these situations are in our lives so that we can learn from them and grow.
We will be held accountable for the people that He puts in our lives and how we deal with them.
Love never fails, as we walk in love, we will find peace and live in favor with GOD and Man.