Learning to love … (1)

January 16, 2012

“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the LORD is One. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and will all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deut. 6:4-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible

You’ve been called by God to an impossible life: to love. You were designed to be loved by God through his unconditional love. But the only way you have ever received and given love is conditional. You got in the way … Your parents got in the way … Your friends got in the way … and even the world you live in got in the way. Everything about God’s love is to be the first and primary source of your life and how you live. His love is meant to fill your days and be a part of everything and everyone in your life. The Lord doesn’t intend for His love to be a burden but without Jesus it becomes almost unbearable. Why …? Because you’ve got places in your heart that you guard against being hurt .. or hurt further. You’ve got past and present scars that make you cautious and controlling. But … you’ve been called to “learn how to love” and Jesus is the One who moment by moment … day by day … and over a long path ahead teaches you how to love by loving you in the deepest places and even in the most shallow places of your life. As He says: “Walk with Me .. Work with Me … Watch how I do it … Learn the unforced rhythms of grace”. (Mt. 11:29 MSG) So you’ve been called to learn how to love today and Jesus invites you to follow Him into all the places and people around your life. His list isn’t exhaustive because His grace never runs out. It only takes a moment …

“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut. Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first”, Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.” 1 Cor. 13:4-7

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Lifers enrolled in the classroom taught by Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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