Monday, September 14, 2009
BEING IN LOVE OR ACTING IN LOVE
Everywhere we go we see it - a young man and young woman teasing one another, flirting with one another, enjoying each other's company. They find great joy in being together and what they feel when they are together. They find that it is fun, that it is exciting, all the world looks rosy. They declare they are 'in love'. That may be true. Yet are they ACTING in love for one another?
Are they talking with one another, listening to one another, really caring about what the other is thinking, concerned about the other's well-being? It seems easy to be 'in love' because being 'in love' feels good. Yet it takes a maturity and conscious deliberate effort to ACT in love - you know, the deep abiding which can last a lifetime.
What about our ? Are we 'in love' with God - are we thankful for and do we enjoy His Presence in our lives? Is there a sense of adventure as we walk together? Do we look forward to getting to know Him better every day . . . every minute?
Does our being 'in love' with God progress to the next stage - ACTING in love toward Him and toward those He sends our way? Are we drawing close enough to hear His Word which are His words to us? Do we desire to listen to His thoughts and intentions for us? Do we conform our life to His preferences for us since He has our best interests at heart?
Read what God says about acting in love:
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends . . . . I Corinthians 13:4-8
, in Your love please draw me close to You. Please teach me how to love You in a more mature way - like a child. Then please help me love those You send my way with Your pure love. In Jesus' name, Amen.