Live for God’s Love
‘I Live For Your Love’, was a song by the amazing singer Natalie Cole. Famous in her own right yet daughter of Nat King Cole who wrote the songs, ‘Unforgetable’ and ‘Chestnuts’, which is a song you may hear during Christmas time. ‘I Live For Your Love’, came to mind after I angrily vented to God about my rude and nasty family members. Although in my heart I knew to let it go, my pride was in the way. It just didn’t seem fair. I was being patient and kind while they were mean and inconsiderate. “Well if they want me to be ghetto and rude I can go there”, I told God knowing that would not exemplify His beautiful character. Frustrated I said, “Fine God, I give this over to you!”
After the Holy Spirt sweetly played Natalie Cole’s love song, I thought about the fact that Jesus lived and died for my love. First of all He was born unto a virgin during a time when having a baby out of wedlock was inconceivable. The very fact that Mary never had sex with Joseph prior to birthing Jesus was enough to have her and the baby killed. Second Jesus lived on earth being human and divine. Imagine how humbling it is to have the power to change situations yet respecting man’s free will. Third He decided to submit His fate over to God’s command to die so that we could experience a relationship with true love.
The Lord explained that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. How are you obeying this when you are busy thinking negative thoughts about your family? ‘Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, boastful, 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’, (1Corinthians 13:4-7). You and your family are in need of love. So instead of allowing feelings to be hurt by negative words and actions, rest in my love. Show me love by letting go of what they did and focus on how I can love them through you. Woah!!!! My face fell. Then He said, don’t be concerned with how they treat you but how YOU TREAT THEM!!
Wow!!! How foolish had I been. The Bible says we don’t repay evil with evil but evil with good, (1 Peter 3:9). It also says that vengeance is God’s and he will repay, (Romans 12:19). God will fight your battles you be still, stand in love and pay attention.
Our job is not to be concerned about what people do to us. But wait a minute Dana, I have rights! Your only rights are to be in line with the Holy Spirit. If you have an issue with your brother Jesus says in Matthew 18 to go and talk to them. If you have an offering and remember that you have something against your family and friends, be reconciled to them, then give your offering. But when you do speak the truth to them in love so that you may grow up in Christ, (Ephesians 4:15). The Scriptures are clear about how we are to handle conflict. Either you handle It God’s way or be disobedient. One will give victory while the other will not. I decided to let the issue go. I was not expressing my love to God if I held onto what mama and pokie did who ten times out of ten was not walking in the spirit but their flesh. Satan wants to see you jacked up off of his plot and plan but you can choose not to. Instead of getting upset and playing his game do the opposite. Rest in God’s love and allow the Holy Spirit to work on you and the situation. Spend time thanking God for how much he loves you. So much that Christ, his only son lived and died for you. What a price for your love. Focus on what God says about you in the scriptures, how your wall or issues are ever before Him, (Isaiah 49:16) Understand that God fights for you and will perfect those things that concern you, (Psalm 138). Then you go and pray. Pray for the people. Everyone got issues and most of the time it has nothing to do with you. Pray the enemies torment off of them and bask in God’s love for you. Choose to live not seeking revenge but for God’s love.
During this season are you living for God’s love? If not let’s pray:
Heavenly Father thank you for being just a prayer away. Thank you for loving me more than life itself. Father I release the issues I have with others. I choose to meditate on your love for me and stand in love for others. I pray for their healing and deliverance. Lord touch them in their hearts so they can experience real love.Thank you for fighting this spiritual battle for my peace. I choose to trust you. In Jesus name, amen.
If you have not made Jesus The Lord of your life, pray this prayer with me: ‘Jesus I need you. Come into my heart. Let’s walk this life together. I receive that you are God, came to this earth to redeem me and died on the cross for my eternity. I surrender to you and I make you my Lord and savior.’
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