The Love Factor part 2.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
1 John 4:16 NIV
Read that over and over again. Get it into your spirit. Meditate on it during the week. The only way you can tell an imitation is if you have the real thing. Know the real thing.
True love is patient and kind and all of the above. It’s also reliable and liveable. Many people get evacuated from homes that are deemed unliveable dwellings. This is how we should be about living in spaces outside the love of God.
That space should be a Red Taped with a Danger Sign on it. When we operate outside of love, we operate in fear. Neuro Scientist Dr. Caroline Leaf has a lot to say about this. Even within the confines of our mind, we have the choice at any given moment to respond out of fear or to respond out of love. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us a framework to know which we are operating out of.
God is all of those things and obviously we are human and will never fully get it right, but by as we choose to “ live in love” more and more, God will live in us more and the easier it will become to live from that space.
Love is a real thing. It’s a beautiful thing. If there is any aspect of Gods nature you need to get to know more of, it is this.
Remember He’s a great teacher of His nature too. So when you feel impatient, He’s teaching you to access that part of His nature more. When you find yourself tempted to be unkind, He’s showing you how much He loves in His kindness towards us. All the while we are building more capacity in our hearts to love- as we allow our mistakes to be our teachers.
The thing to remember is that Gods love is irrevocable. He’s never going to say that He doesn’t love you any more because of what you did. His love is unconditional of your behaviour- it’s purely based on His nature.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:35, 37-39 NIV