DAY 7 – BE STRONG IN LOVE!
Too often we hear, read and use the word ‘love’, as if it were just another word. ‘I love that dress!’ ‘I love those shoes!’ And even, ‘I love you!’ But what does love actually mean? And what does it look like?
Jesus is LOVE. It astounds me how Jesus could LOVE us so much. He can’t do anything but LOVE us. A friend of mine says she never understood the word LOVE until she saw it with skin on it. She was referring to Jesus. How profound is that?
We are called to love. Jesus says that, out of all the laws (613 religious laws to be exact), the most important one is this: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.’ (Mark 12: 29–32, NIV).
The world is desperate for love. The kind of love that carries us beyond ourselves and moves us towards people. I want to love not because it’s my duty, not because there’s something in it for me, but for the mere fact that I love Him. I want to be someone who chooses to stand strong in love simply for Him.
‘So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.’ (Philippians 1:9–11, MSG).
Imagine if all of us – as a Sisterhood, as everyday girls and everyday women – chose to stand strong in LOVE, simply because of Jesus. When walking down the street, when going to class, when getting our kids ready for school, when running a meeting at work, we can be strong in love.
Knowing that I am loved beyond measure and that I have the gift of love to extend to others, I am strong. I can be strong in LOVE.