Yeah, I know…a post about LOVE. I know what you are thinking. But really, it is always a pertinent topic. So, with that said….
There are days, or moments, sometimes that it is easy to like someone or something. There are others that it is easy to like the person, situation or thing. It may even be a little thing about the person or thing you don’t like, but overall you care about them…you, wait for it, LOVE them. 🙂
I was often reminded this while watching our dog Red and cat Spotster (which is no longer) on the farm. They seemed to have a very unique relationship. When they did not think we were looking, they would get along just fine, even laying next to one another at times. They displayed a loving relationship.
But when one of us would walk out the door, the two were instantly competing for attention. Sometimes Spotster would glare at Red, sometimes Red would growl at Spotster. There were times Spotster would try to snatch a bite of doggy food, and Red would defend his meal. Other times, Spotster would be sitting comfortably in a warm spot, and glare at Red if he got close. It was your typical love-hate relationship. They ultimately loved the company of one another, but still were protective, competitive and jealous at times. But, they always came back to the end of the day where they’d calmly sit down by the door, next to one another (after we had all gone in for the night…we’d peek out the window to watch them get along). They showed a love for one another when we weren’t watching.
Sometimes in life, I feel that way. I love someone, but I still want to protect my personal moments or things and keep them to myself. And sometimes I want the attention, I don’t want to focus on my husband, or maybe even a friend. Other times I might be jealous because they get to travel and I’m stuck working in a cold, frozen tundra. If I hang on to those feelings, sometimes it can create a boundary. In some relationships, that friend may have become an enemy. That’s another LOVE topic that God talks about!
Just like Red and Spotster, we need to remember that what is ultimately important at the end of the day is our friendship and honest love for one another. But, unlike them, we need to rely on the Lord for love, and let His love flow through us for the person who is special to us, no matter what the situation, time of day or who is watching.
Ultimately, we need to each let go of our own expectations, desires, wants and need for attention. Let the Lord satisfy those areas, and then let His love pour from you into your spouse, friend or family member. Yes, I know it’s easier said-than-done and VERY hard to do at times. But there is a reward. A lasting relationship full of encouragement, trust, respect and LOVE. 🙂
“Jesus answered, ‘The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to Him, ‘Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him; and to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.’ When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.” -Mark 12:29-34
I also need to work on loving those around me, and ultimately showing the love that Christ does to me. It may be funny to watch our pets glare at one another and fight for attention, but as believers, we are called to more.
So next time the temptation arises to glare at your friend and growl over who gets the attention, remember, the Lord created us, Christ died for us all and God loves each one of us uniquely. We must LOVE those around us no matter our circumstances. It sounds like such a Sunday school reminder. But it is one I must remember always.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” -Romans 12:9-13