My Pointe of View

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I Am Bankrupt Without Love

Written By: jamieu - Feb• 12•12

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away. Yippee! (Please note my sarcasm here…). I could rant on and on about how this particular holiday and I are not friends. I am pretty sure we will never be. Even in 20 years when I am married to my forever Valentine (yes I WILL be married in 20 years), I am pretty sure I will still have a chip on my shoulder for this particular day and its ability to mock me with its mushy cards and giddy teenage love.

BUT to appeal to those of you who enjoy this holiday I am choosing to write about love today. Not the sappy greeting card kind but the kind that is constant and unfailing.  Love displayed in a man who willingly laid down His life to save yours. The thought of loosing you was more unbearable to Him than facing torture and death. He was born to die for you.

Over the past few months I have really been praying that God would show me how to love people like Jesus. I have been taking a deeper look at how I respond to people and situations. How quickly do I forgive others? Am I quicker to show compassion or judgment towards others? It is hard and I definitely do not always pass the test (this week alone has been a great challenge) but I also find it exciting. The more we are able to tap into how to love others and see them through God’s eyes the more He can use us. And as Christians it should be the cry of our hearts that people experience the love of the Savior when they encounter one of His followers. Read the Gospels and examine how Jesus responded to people. He loved the unlovable and perused the forgotten and abandoned. He was under constant scrutiny and falsely accused yet He spoke the truth in love. Oh to love like that on a daily basis- to see the best in people instead of their flaws, to look at their potential instead of their present state! Ask the Lord to help you look through His eyes of love – you might be surprised with what you see.

I have lots more on this topic for blogs to come but it needs to simmer in my spirit a little longer. I would like to share with you this passage from I Corinthians 13. I selected to use the Message version because I feel like it speaks this so clearly.

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
   Love doesn’t strut,
   Doesn’t have a swelled head,
   Doesn’t force itself on others,
   Isn’t always “me first,”
   Doesn’t fly off the handle,
   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

Remember that when you do not live a life that shows true love to others you are spiritually bankrupt. All of your good intentions mean nothing. So this Valentine’s Day in between bites of chocolate and sniffing rose petals, remember who it was that loved you first and make it a priority to love others the way He has loved you. Happy Valentine’s Day (bah humbug :)

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