Tracy and Marilyn

Devotional 14th June 2018

Loving as He loves us

Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs – it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

Following the last two devotionals about God’s amazing love and our need to take hold of it for ourselves, I felt drawn to share on the importance of letting His love to transform us so that we can give it away to those around us.

Like many of us I have experienced deep hurt and rejection in my life and it is an ongoing source of healing to know that in God’s eyes I am beloved. That He gave up everything, even His very life so that I could belong to Him and that He actually sees the beauty of His son in me. He delights in speaking affirming words over me and using me to fulfil His purposes. It is incredible. How can He love someone like me in that way?Yet He does and it is vital I and all of us live in the truth of it for then it can truly heal those hurts and rejections and make us whole.

God has brought amazing levels of wholeness in my life, yet when I come to this passage about love, I stop in my tracks. These words are the true test: Am I really living my life as God’s beloved? Do I love others as He loves me? Do I see them as equally beloved? Even when they hurt me?

If I write my own name, Tracy, in place of ‘love’ I only have to read a short way before I am forced to answer no. I can be patient, but often I am not. I can be kind, and long to be, but frequently find myself thinking unkind thoughts. Sadly, I often do find I’ve kept a record of wrongs which surge out into my thoughts or even my words at the first opportunity. Is there any hope for me, for any of us? Can we really love in this radical way?If it is possible, we truly hold the key to changing the world!

There is an answer and it lies in that last phrase: ‘love never fails.’ When Paul wrote these amazing words through the Holy Spirit, it was significant that he addressed them to ‘love’ rather than to us. We are weak, but God’s love never fails. It is He who is kind, who keeps no record of wrongs…. How deeply will I open myself to His love? Will I let Him comfort me? Will I believe He trusts me? Will I accept I am forgiven? Like thirsty plants, the beautiful blooms of true love will flower as I drink in His love, allowing my very roots to become saturated in an ongoing way.

Pour your life giving waters into my depths Lord Jesus. Your love alone never fails. Quench my thirst and fill me so I can love as you love.Amen

Tracy Williamson

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