agape

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” 
– Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land 

nowadays the phrase “love you” is used so carelessly, too carelessly.

I’m not sure why but so often when the subject of love comes about people inevitably think of BGR and even things that are sexual but… love is so much greater and so much bigger than that.

because God is love and love is Christ. when you have Jesus in your life, you find a greater capacity to love – yourself, others, life, God Himself.

i’ve always prayed for a larger capacity to love people. and now for some reason today I feel like I understand love a little more, just a little.

to love someone is to be selfless regarding the person, to be willing to give all that you can of yourself just for his/her good.

to love someone is to be relentless in ensuring (s)he gets to the place (s)he is meant to be, to refuse to allow him/her to remain stagnant if you know in your heart that (s)he can be at a place so much higher, better.

to love someone is to give without expectations.

i am desperate to see them breakthrough to the next level.
i am longing to hear them tell me that they encountered God.
i am praying every single day for their awakening.
i am crying on the inside whenever I realise I believe in them more than they believe in themselves.
i am waiting for them to see themselves the way God sees them.
i am anticipating for them to receive their vision & dream.
i am trusting that one day, they will be all they are meant to be.

so often in pastoral work we are tempted to depend on our own ‘wisdom’ and strength to love people and try to mould them to be where you think they should be.

but I’m learning to let go and let God. because if I think I love them, I know God loves them infinity times more.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against itLove is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.

we should not be wincing though this may seem sappy… because love isn’t meant to generate superficial emotional feels & mushiness etc etc…

to love is simply to give of yourself – and at the same time also to step back when it is the best thing you can do for anyone.

thank You for loving me..and thank You for loving them.

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