God doesn’t tell us only to love when it is convenient or comfortable. Sometime we are called to show love in difficult times and places. Being afraid to love someone because I think they will hurt me is allowing fear to block my ability to achieve the goals God has set for me. Which means, I’m telling God no! I don’t know about you, but whenever I say "no" to God, there are consequences. *facepalm* Apparently, I cannot learn from my experiences without them. *sigh*
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“Love never fails, but whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Growing up, we all learn that there are consequences to every action but not all consequences are bad. They are simply the result of a choice or action. Sometimes they are good things. If I show love to the man that yelled at me in the grocery store instead of yelling back at him, he might think twice about his outburst, but if I exchange angry words in response, I am only fanning the angry flames.
In the world today, there are many I may encounter that do not agree with me but I don’t have to argue or get angry or chose to treat them badly because of it. If instead, I show them love, I’m showing them the #grace God has given me. I know I don’t deserve to be forgiven for my sins, over and over again, but God is faithful to do just that. He meets me where I am, shows me love and forgets the wrongs I have done. When I show someone else love, I ought to do the same.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
Letting my fears dictate who and how I love is in a sense tormenting myself. Anything I’m afraid of is not only a hinderance, it is a barrier that keeps me from having the kind of faith in my life that I am striving for. (Hint: The kind that moves mountains) how can I love mountains with my faith if by being afraid, I’m saying that God can’t handle this situation for me? Loving God and showing the kind of #love to others that God has shown to me, can help me overcome my fears and build stronger #faith.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
If I choose to trust God in all things, it means that I’m having faith that he is bigger than my fears. I won’t ignore the things that cause me fear, but instead I will face them knowing that I’m not handling them alone and whatever the outcome(consequence), God has my best interest in mind.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
I'd like to share a poem I wrote when I was struggling with fear in my life. it encourages me whenever I visit that place of fear and maybe it will help you too.
“This broken mustard seed”
The skin across my knuckles white,
Wet Lashes pressing tightly,
Knees against my chest tucked in,
I know that You are mighty.
Though I can’t see them closing in,
I know that I’m surrounded,
Your wings become my shelter again,
How deaf the silence sounded.
If on these lips Your name is spoken,
And flee the demons do...
Then I will sing of praise and power,
And glory all to You.
This broken mustard seed may not,
Be powerful or strong,
But even cracked and scarred it shakes the mountains with a song.
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Happy Crafting Little Sparrows!