The topic of love has been on my mind for a couple of weeks. I decided to create a shirt based on the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 13 that talks about what charity or love it and is not. For Sunday's early morning service, the preacher preached on the same scripture. Then tonight while having dinner with my husband, we talked about real love in a marriage.
Love. Love. Love. Will we ever get to the place where we all experience the real love God wants for us?
Everyone is always in a hurry. People want overnight success or rapid life changes. Everybody believes they have a hater. People don't know how to remain humble. Everyone wants to know what's in it for them. Life gets tough so they want to quit. These statements, along with plenty of others, highlights why society will never experience real love.
I'm learning day by day about what real love involves. I will admit this period of deep reflections is because I am taking courses that are a part of a Masters of Divinity program. I didn't anticipate this level of study but now that I am diving this deep into this area, it is causing me to gain clarity so many areas of my life. I'm not being put to shame or being made to feel guilty. But they're pushing me to learn how to intentionally love God, love myself, and love all people. When I first was challenged with the idea of how do I love others, I immediately thought about my husband. I found some flaws and mistakes I was making. I prayed about them and God is helping me to better love my husband. Those prayers soon turned into founding out to better love myself. Soon they'll progress to find ways to better love others.
There are several components of love. It takes time to genuinely love because genuine love isn't rooted in personal feelings. Real love isn't selfish or self-centered. During tonight's dinner conversation, my husband pointed out the very thing I've been reading about. God's love was always directed to the person not their habits, sins, behaviors, skin color, gender, etc. He said He loved the world based on John 3:16. Yes, the world commits sin but sin is not the world. God hates sin but He loves His children. Many people may be feel that's a conditional love but it's not. That's because God knows who you really are. You don't even know who you really are until you authentically see yourself as God sees you! And that takes time! He knows you are not your sin. We try to label people based on their sin and then make that the reason for not loving them. That's not real love! We'll spend more time coming up with reasons not to love then just getting over our feelings and love the way God intended.
Real love transforms the heart. It transforms the mind. For anyone who seriously seeks out real love the way God intended, it's a great journey of freedom, peace, faith, hope, and so much more! I striving to get on that path to learn more about that kind of love!
The latest apparel design is 'Got Love?' with some check boxes. I left them unchecked because as one continues to review what real love is and begins to practice, they can check off the boxes for themselves. Do some DIY and just certain paints or whatever. To get your t-shirt or sweatshirt, click here to purchase from the Positive Apparel online store! God bless you!