Living out Love
"And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well"
Living out love is not an easy thing to do. Often, its harder than we would like to admit when it comes to loving those who have hurt us, or loving those who abanonded us.
But God says thats when we need to love the most.
One of the questions I asked you in the reflect questions today was " How can you live in a posture of going the extra mile this week? How can you go the extra mile and live out love that is not greedy, but gives, that is not boastful, but humble?"
The reason I chose this verse as the anchor of the Living out Love theme is because I believe this is a really good example of how to do it.
But then again, you can take a look at every single act of kindness and miracles that Jesus performed in the Bible and see that as living out love.
Better yet, we can look at the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf to save us from ourselves and from sin as the ultimate act of living out love.
But let me be clear here, I am not asking you to sacrifice your life or magically come up with healing powers to save others with...I am simply telling you that Love isnt complicated if you choose to do aligned with Christ.
We get a clear vision of what love is from 1 Corinthians 13;4
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
This is pretty self explanatory, right?
So why is it so hard to remember to do/be all of these things and live out love on a daily basis?
I think because we haven't fully grasped just how much God loves US in the first place. If we did, living a life like whats stated above would come as second nature. But because we are still Rooting, still human, and still growing, we might not fully grasp just how deep, wide, far, and extreme Gods love for us is.
So the reason that I picked this verse for us today as one of the verses we are ending this study with, is because I want you to know that it starts with going the extra mile. It starts with breaking down our walls and letting more of God flood our hearts and our spirit and letting Him be the place love flows from.
So today I want to invite you to go the extra mile somewhere.
Are you getting coffee today? Pay for the person behind you even if you don't think you have enough
Is the cashier at the store rude to you? Smile at them, and then go ahead and give them a compliment with a sincere heart
Are you in a relationship? Can you go out of your way today to make them feel love, respected, and appreciated?
Is there a rude coworker at work that is constantly pushing your buttons? Can you go sit with them at lunch, have a good conversation with them and let them know you are there for them?
Loving is not hard. We are hard wired to love, especially the way Jesus loves.
Do things today the this week out of a place of sincerity. Ask God to change the way you love on a daily basis, and see people through His eyes. Ask Him to give you the opportunities to show love to others, and then a spirit that is sensitive to seeing the opportunity.
I love you. I love every single one of the girls in this group and I'm so honored to know you and lead you in this study. I hope you continue to Root. Continue to pour into Jesus and let Him change the trajectory of your life.