Fifteen years ago I was in the midst of one of the hardest trials I could imagine. I had been sick with a mysterious malady for a long time, and when I thought nothing could get worse my husband decided our marriage was over and was about to leave me for another woman. My parents wanted me to come back home with them, my brother (a two time divorcee) had no answers so I began reaching out for God's answer. The day my husband was going to leave I went walking around the block in our neighborhood. I called out for His answer and for only the second time in my life I heard an answer in my physical ears, "Love them, they don't know what love is". His answer made my blood run cold, but I knew His answer was the only answer. He was very kind in that he failed to mention that I had no clue to love either. I seriously thought I had been loving, that I knew what He meant. Only after time in the word did I discover that love is an action word, a word wrapped up in a walk that requires faith. I was again facing the greatest challenge ever in walking out His answer.
I Corinthians 13 is where we will find exactly what love, real love is all
If we dissect these verses we will get to the very element of what God is for God is love. We have heard that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son", but this scripture goes even further in that we know that God is love.
One of the things I like to do is put God in the place of love in this scripture:
God suffers long and is kind; God does not envy; God does not parade Himself, is not puffed up; He does not behave rudely, does not seek His own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; He does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. God never fails.
When you understand that we are made in the likeness and image of God, we can have confidence that we can be like Him. Since Yeshua is the high priest of our confession, the first thing we need to do is begin by confessing these scriptures. "I am long suffering and kind, I don't envy, I don't parade myself, and I'm not puffed up. I don't act rudely or seek my own. I'm not easily provoked or do I think evil. I don't rejoice in iniquity but I do rejoice in the truth. I bear all things to the cross, believe all things and hope all things. Through Yeshua I can endure all things and I never fail when I walk in love.
I meditate on these scriptures and on I John and make them part of my life by practicing them as well. It takes practice and I admit that I let them slip from time to time, but because God is in me by His Holy Spirit I can stir them up again. The really exciting and challenging thing is that God requires us to love the really unlovely people. It is the ultimate sacrifice that makes us most like Him. Remember, "when we were yet sinners Christ died for us".
If we again look at the beginning scripture, you will notice that lawlessness abounding is what causes the love of many to grow cold. Men don't want to be told what to do, and don't want to do what makes them uncomfortable. The love walk is an uncomfortable walk. The word is full of commandments, I said commandments and not suggestions. Too many "Christians" look at the commandments as suggestions and because of it love is waxing colder and colder. The more of the word we put into practice, the better we will understand love. One really wonderful thing we need to remember is that "Love NEVER fails". This love that I began practicing to my husband and to the "other woman" turned my situation around. They couldn't fight the love of God. My husband and I now have the closest relationship of any couple I know. When putting God's answer into practice I succeeded, where many of my friends have failed. Whenever I get into a really impossible situation I put love into practice and watch God go to work.
It's up to you, but if you are in a mess and tired of the world's answers, why not try love?
One more time, let's say it and think about
it. God loves you. He is your real Father. He can not
lie. He isn't a man. God is love and he wants you! He also
wants you to prosper, to have what it takes to succeed on this planet.
He's not a deaf Father, but one who listens intently to His children and creates
what it takes to make you win the battles that come to steal your life.