Recently, I had someone in my life do something terrible. Then, without even apologizing or acknowledging that they’d done something to break my heart, they said, “I love you.”
I spent many days being angry over this. How could this person do such a terrible thing, then turn around and say “I love you?”
I recited in my mind what the Bible says love is:
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 (1 Cor. 13:4-7 NIV).
Unfortunately, the person who said they loved me was none of these things. I was hurt, and mostly, I just wanted them to acknowledge what they’d done. I forgave them, but there’s something about someone saying they’re sorry to be able to move on with the relationship.
I think about this, and I wonder about what the world thinks love really is. I wonder if many even know anymore.
I know there was a place in my past that I would have never known what love is, only by God’s grace do I know His love. His love is a place I want to stay and grow in. I feel that knowing His love is a foundation for many other things. We cannot build a house of Christianity without first having the foundation of love; knowing His love and having His love for others.
I want to grow in the love of God more and more, I want to rest and have peace in knowing He’ll take care of me. I want to be a picture of His love for others to see. I want to be so completely sure of His love for me that fear no longer has any place in my heart.
Lord, I receive the Love you have for me. Would you come and fill me with your love? Would you teach me of your love? Lord, I want to sit before you and know and bask in the love you have for me, and in your goodness. Would you be a picture of love in my life, and would you pour your love into me, so that I in turn, can pour your love onto others. In Jesus name, Amen.