Reply To: Loveing the UN-Loveable
That was a nice poem, thanks for sharing. Yes I totally know what you mean, life gets pretty frustrating…
I mean like totally gut wrenching traumatic and painful. It is difficult to keep our joy and peace and love and such, in the middle of all that. We KNOW what the answer is, that we should trust God, have faith, yes we know all of that, that’s good, but how come we still struggle so much?
A couple of interesting things I have been looking at lately:
1 Timothy 1:5
English Standard Version (ESV)
5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Love comes from having a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. We should probably keep praying for these things.
About the conscience, ask yourself ”is there anything holding me back from being completely 100% surrendered to Christ?” Or what can you do to get to the point of really feeling and believing that you have completely surrendered to Christ? Most people want to surrender only partially, but they are too comfortable about something. Always holding something back. Try to identify what that thing is, even if it seems impossible to change. First identify what your issues are. Then pray and ask for strength and help from God to overcome those things. Be willing to do whatever you can, to live in such a way that you have nothing to feel guilty about. We are only human, so we will continue to sin, by mistake, but don’t tolerate sin willingly!
Regarding faith, what does your faith mean to you? WHY is it that you believe in Jesus? Why do you want to follow Jesus? I think people decide to follow Jesus because the Holy Spirit has been drawing you in. Then you decide to follow Jesus, you become a Christian, you believe in Him. The problem is that the enemy will be attacking you constantly. The enemy is always trying to put doubts in your mind, or cause you to believe in a lie. It is okay to have questions about Christianity, that is normal. But you need to find the answers. Because questions unanswered turn into doubt, and when doubt is not dealt with it finally becomes disbelief and then hardness of heart. Once someone has developed the ”hard heart” then I really think only a miracle can change them. No amount of evidence or answers will mean anything to someone who is hard hearted.
So the opposite of a hard heart, would be a pure heart wouldn’t it? A heart that longs for Truth and righteousness. A pure heart is one that wants more of God. A pure heart is not lying to itself, it wants only the Truth, God.
All in all, if we can put these things into practice, we WILL see results. We will finally begin to have love. Real love. The kind of love that only comes from God.
Please keep striving, and keep praying. Ask God for help. God loves us, His love is perfect, God is infinitely powerful. It is totally God’s will that we experience His true love and awesome power. Surrender your life to Christ, and let God take over your life. We do not live for ourselves anymore, but it is God who lives in us.
Finally, I’d like to share this passage from 1 John. You may be familiar with it already, but please read this again, and take the time to reflect on it, what it really means, and the profound implications of it.
God bless you.
1 John 4:7-21
English Standard Version (ESV)
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.