God is calling me to love extravagantly and tenaciously…no matter what.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to do this…it involves a lot of things that are so hard for my sinful heart to do…pretty much everything in 1 Corinthians 13. It is impossible to give this kind of love without Jesus, because this is the Father’s love and we get the Father’s love through Jesus (“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”).
What I am finding lately is that if I love this way, it will always open me up to rejection. This is the rejection of the Lord–He loves us so fully and wholly and we constantly reject Him and His ways. Only through His grace, can I find help to face this kind of rejection. The Lord is familiar with it…a God of comfort and compassion…a God who can relate. He was perfect in love and rejected by the world and His own followers. Feeling rejection helps me identify with the Lord (as long as the rejection is coming from doing what God wants me to do and not my silly own ways!), and only He can help me overcome it without feeling a desire to retreat or a desire to fight back or become passive or despondant…so many wrong ways to respond to rejection…and through Jesus’ example–total forgiveness and undying love–can I be free from the pain of rejection and be able to continue to love with the Father’s love.
More of Him…and less of me…this will help me overcome anything….it will be HIM overcoming!!!