The love I plan to talk about is based on Biblical principles and spiritual disciplines. I am a Christian leader who is striving to become more like Jesus Christ daily. In this pursuit, I am currently reading a book that is about spiritual formation. The book is entitle The Kingdom Life. I got to a portion of the reading and it had a great question to ask self. It asked the question on how do we love people. Is the love unconditional? Is the love trustworthy regardless of who the person is? It even mentioned how some people can't seem to accomplish real success because they don't love themselves or others. How many people can't even love and/or trust themselves?
In society, it's easy to build walls that we feel are for protection. Trust is earned and once it's broken, forgiveness is out of the question. Many feel forgiveness pardons the person to take advantage of you again. Love is based on conditional guidelines. Some of these guidelines are ignored while others are man-made because of past experiences. However, if we to be real Christian leaders, are we showing love the way God intended? I honestly answer no. I am introvert by nature and I'll be the first to admit I have walls. But lately I've been observing and it seems when love and trust isn't genuine or lacking, it's really hard to accomplish all that you wish to accomplish. Could Jesus Christ accomplish all that he was supposed with the 12? Could he heal the sick if he didn't genuinely love them? Could he raise the dead if he didn't love and trust? We have to be more like Jesus Christ and trust those who are even planning your failure. We need to love those who disagree with our dreams. It's not easy but if we say we want to be a great Christian leader and accomplish greater works, than we must become an apprentice of Jesus Christ.
Many people believe they'll accomplish more by themselves. They can't trust anybody with their dreams and goals. However, that's not how God planned it. There's a reason for fellowship and community. A real community of grace is a safe place to share and get the support that's needed. It may not be financial support but it can emotional and spiritual support. Sometimes those forms of support are better than financial support! We must learn to love the heart a person versus the person. We all are imperfect beings. Our goal isn't to strive for perfection -- that too much pressure and that's not God's will for our life. However, we are to strive for maturity -- learn from the mistakes and understand we are still righteous in God. When we love and trust the heart of a person, we can see their imperfections too. If we desire success in life, we must learn to love and trust unconditionally. This is not permission to become a doormat. Jesus Christ wasn't a doormat -- that is why we must become more Christ-like. Study the life of Jesus Christ and you'll learn how to love and trust people in order to become a success in life. If you need more help, get involved with the right community of grace; basically, a church. Get a mentor and/or coach. We are promised to have life full of abundance. Let's start loving and trust so we can start experiencing the fullness of life!