Journal Entry ~ 08/22/18

20 If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:20-21

We think we know how to love, then we read this. His model of love is our model of love, but gosh that can be so hard sometimes. As God has been growing me this past year, and bringing people to me who have loved me so well, I have been reflecting more and more on how well I love others. I want to love others the way Christ loved us, and He has revealed to me how far I fall short of that model on a daily basis. 

My agenda gets in the way so often - in ways that I didn't even notice until He opened my eyes. He has shown me ways to love others in my life well by opening my eyes to their needs in ways that I haven’t seen before. He has significantly grown my ability to love my family well.  As I submit my will to His will, He has shown me how to put their needs before my own and love them before me.  

But when it comes to those challenging people in my life, it has been a greater struggle. He's grown my desire during my quiet moments with Him to love them more, and He's grown my understanding of how my words and actions affect those that I love in ways I never intended, now He's got some work to do in my actions and thoughts. 

But I know He is faithful to fulfill His promises, and I know that when we seek Him, we will find Him. Praises for a God who gently reveals what we need to see when we ask Him for it. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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