Morning Line: Growing in Love!!
“Your love for one another is growing.” 2Thessalonians 1:3 When Paul says, “
Your love for one another is growing,” it’s not the kind where life’s perfect and everybody accommodates you. God’s intention is to “grow” you into the kind of love that’s not defined by your feelings, but a sacrificial love that says
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20 NIV).
It’s possible to be in love with the idea of a perfect marriage, without actually loving your mate. Or the dream of what your kids could become if only they’d follow your advice. But when it comes to loving a rebellious teen who acts like “the other side of the family,” it’s a growing process that puts your love to the test.
Jesus said, “As I have loved you…you must love one another” (Jn 13:34 NIV), and He never asks us to do anything without giving us the ability to do it. So are you ready to do a little growing? Author Kristin Armstrong says: “When we’re hurt it’s common to withdraw. But the worst thing a parent can do is withhold affection in response to a child’s behavior. A child’s heart grows when it’s nurtured with unconditional love. Affection doesn’t depend on behavior, mood, or circumstances. Being pleasing does not equate to being lovable. Imagine if Jesus loved us only when we behaved perfectly. We’d never experience His affection, and consequently, we’d wither away. And since Jesus is our example, we need to love others with Christ-like grace. He loves us according to His capacity, not according to the degree of our merit. We must love others…not by our standards but by His.” By B Gass
Ponder this lesson, pray Lord help me love and wrap my arms around the ones that test my ability to extend grace, mercy, and Christ-like Love.
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