When my heart is focused on a prayerful relationship with Jesus, rooted in God’s truth and sacrificial love, my love for others will also be true and not self-seeking. I will be free to love the way Christ loves because I won’t be driven by progress, success, or even the best of intentions in making a impact for Christ. While each of these may begin in good measure, all (when held at the highest regard) will eventually lead to self reliance and a subconscious sense of pride.
When I love like this, I am free to offer a genuine, Christ-like love simply because He first loved me, simply because I am so taken by His love for me that I cannot help but reciprocate the sentiment. In this: “love is patient… [it] 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. [This] love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…” And, most importantly, it “NEVER fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) When at the very core of my being I am centered on an intimate, prayerful relationship with Christ, His love is what pours out of my heart and into the lives of others; His perfect and unfailing love. Only here will God grant us the “power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that [we] may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God,” and we will experience this and know because our capacity to love will expand far greater than humanly possible, defying all logic and reason. (Ephesians 3:18-19)
This is the kind of love I want. This is the kind of love I refuse to live without from this day forward. Will you join me in continuing to cultivate this prayer driven relationship with Christ, “together with all the Lord’s holy people,” so that you too can know “this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God?”