“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Faith and hope without love is not possible. True love is not deceitful, prideful, arrogant, pushy, mean, manipulative, demanding, or careless. Love is not conditional or fickle. There is no ransom, bounty, security deposit, or credit check required. It is present without expectation and entitlement. It doesn’t turn on and off like a light switch. It doesn’t drip like a faucet.
God said that He is the great “I Am”. God is all-in-all. Love is boldly an “Is”. God is love and love is God. All-encompassing. Not a buffet. It’s all or nothing.
Is. Am. Always.
Jesus expressed his love towards people that religious leaders turned away, shunned, punished, and chastised. Jesus showed us how God loves us, and how we’re to love ourselves and each other. It’s not a popularity contest. It’s about being in perfect alignment with God. It’s about discovering and reclaiming our identities. That which we have confused, distorted, or misplaced in this worldly chaos. The true expression of who we are then leaves no doubt as to Whom we belong.
Love should fill your cup and run over the sides. When you walk, it should be in love. In your eyes, from your heart, and out of your mouth people should see, feel, and hear God’s love.
There are no excuses for not being loving— even in pain. Even if you are removing people from your life that you know don’t belong— do so in a loving way. Or they will spend their every waking moment trying to tear you down and turn your love to fear and hate.
If you don’t love God and yourself fully then you don’t know how to identify true love. You instead confuse lust, infatuation, and obsession with love. You hear and say the words, but you don’t truly understand the meaning and expression of genuine love.
Not knowing love means settling for and accepting mediocrity— which is not of God. Not knowing love means settling for a superficial model that will never come close to the real thing. Let today be your Superficial-Free day! Live out loud in love. Be the ‘Is’ and boldly represent the one and only, ‘I Am’.
Father, fill me with Your love. I pray that my faith in You and in humankind is more than enough. If not, I pray for more faith. I pray for freedom from fear and doubt that prevents me from believing in You and surrendering myself to you 100 percent. I pray for hope restored. That I might never lose it.
With Your love, I am complete and have the strength and conviction to be content alone. Without the comfort of man’s companionship. For I am never alone. You are my home, Father. You are my comforter.
Your son is my savior and guide. He is the perfect example of how to live, love, and express Your principles.
Fill me Father. I open my heart. Giving You the glory. Amen.