Have you ever thought that love makes you weak or vulnerable? Maybe you have regarded love as an erratic emotion instead of a spiritual force. For too long, my life consisted of exchanging “conditional” love. I had a fear and mistrust of love so the conditions were my way of preserving my heart. However, this type of love put me and others into bondage – always working to qualify for it. I realized that loving this way was unstable and selfish. This “conditional” love was hardening my heart with unforgiveness and negatively impacting my quality of life. As a result, I was not able to give love freely or access its power.
God’s love is often unappreciated, misunderstood and underestimated. God wants us to love Him, each other and ourselves with a pure love. When we love the way God loves us, we experience the greatest power in the universe. This pure love creates, protects and overcomes any circumstance. Even when we are told to love our enemies and those that despitefully use us, God’s love does not require us to be subject to any abuse or wickedness. We can love our adversaries through prayer and He will take care of the rest.
The Lord preserveth all them that love him:
but all the wicked will he destroy. – Psalm 145:20
It is very important to know and experience God’s everlasting love for ourselves. Our relationships, marriages and self-esteem will abound in the joy, peace and power that God’s love provides. I am still learning to love like God and often renew my mind to the biblical definition of love…
Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
It does not demand its own way.
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,
and endures through every circumstance.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (New Living Translation)
I encourage you to draw closer to Him and experience the power of love. To read more about God’s love, go to Week 3: Love in the Power Over All book.