People are the most important part of any business deal, transaction, or exchange, for it’s the people whom God loves the most. The heartbeat of the person; the feelings of the person; the cares and concerns of the person; the good of the person involved, all of these things are uppermost and important to God.
The Apostle John quoted Jesus as saying, “By this will all people know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This is a powerful statement to consider. Love in action, or love demonstrated is a lifelong experiment in the life of a lover.
It’s natural to be self-focused, closed-off and afraid to open ourselves to the risk of loving. Disappointments don’t wait until we’re ‘of age,’ they start pummeling all of us very young and we automatically create our callouses, shields and protection mechanisms which prevent us, one disappointment at a time, from really loving.
Loving is risky. Being open and seemingly vulnerable is risky. So why would we do it? Why would we risk loving when so many times it results in disappointment, rejection or even betrayal? I have an answer for you to consider and it’s this, because we are so loved by God, we are so covered by God; we are so full of the love of God which has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit that we can risk the joy and pain of loving.
The love doesn’t naturally come from us, it comes from God. God is love and in God there is no fear at all and there’s no limit to the supply of love from him.
May we open ourselves to God’s love today and experience this love in action.