I LOVE your shirt, I LOVE that song, I LOVE your hair, OMG I LOVE this! We have become so used to literally throwing the word LOVE around that it has become a trend.
Do we really understand what it means to LOVE someone or something? Can you even LOVE a thing? Or is LOVE a very specific, divine emotion from GOD, only to be understood and practiced in our relationship with Him (our creator) and with each other?
This past year I have only begun to crack the surface on what it means to LOVE. If you spoke to me in February of last year you would have heard me throwing the word LOVE around, in every conversation. I instantly “fell in love” with my hubby, he is my soulmate and I am “in love”, Oh I “love” him so much! Well, I have realized that my emotions and desire to be around him, get to know him, laugh with him, be with him every minute of every day and spend the rest of my life with him was so strong that I joined the trend and instantly called it “LOVE”. What I was feeling was just the first stage of LIKE……ALOT! I have realized that LOVE, the way GOD intended, is a process and is NOT to be taken lightly!
What made me realize that I had no idea what LOVE was? Well, I am going to tell you …Marriage Counseling!
I must admit that I did not expect our pre-marital counseling to slap me in the face! I quickly realized that I had no idea what LOVE was or meant and THAT brutal reality actually scared me! I realized, more than ever, that I was capable at any moment of hurting, offending and destroying my relationship with GOD, my husband, family, friends and anyone I came in contact with. I knew that I needed to start studying and getting a grip on what it means to LOVE, the way God intends.
As I began to ask God for a divine revelation on LOVE I was reminded of Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
THERE IS NO COMMANDMENT GREATER THAN THESE? OK, this commandment is obviously extremely important, I thought to myself. As I began to ponder on this popular scripture the Holy Spirit began to do a work in me, that I had never felt before and I just started to cry. I have always loved God (so I thought), but I quickly realized that my thoughts and actions definitely were NOT showing Him or anyone that I loved God. It was at THAT MOMENT when my heart fell into true repentance and I rededicated my life to Jesus, My Savior . I desired, wanted and needed LOVE in my life, more than I have ever wanted it before!
How can I LOVE myself or anyone until I learn what it truly means to LOVE God? How can I be a good wife, mother and friend until I learn to LOVE God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength?
This was my first revelation on LOVE, It’s not about ME! It’s about loving God, loving others and LOVE is an act of service. I know this sounds basic and simple but it is HARD! As I study more of Gods word and draw closer to Him, He is revealing things in my life that I must remove, in order to LOVE and please Him. It is a daily struggle with my flesh because I am selfish! But through God’s example of His perfect LOVE for me, I am understanding what it all means!
I am excited to share my journey, as I study and make the conscience effort to apply in my life the greatest commandment of all………LOVE-as God Intends.