Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Love Dare: Day 19

“Let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” ~ 1 John 4:7



Day 19: Love is impossible.

Uh oh. Not a very encouraging title for today’s dare. Is it?

Almost half way in and now the writer’s of the Love Dare share that you can’t manufacture unconditional love (Agape love) from inside yourself alone. Sure – you may show kindness, unselfishness. You may be thoughtful and considerate. But truly unselfish, unconditional love is something entirely different.
Say what???

Well… here’s the bad news: Unconditional love that is able to face any obstacle and stand strong is out of your reach if you are only looking within yourself to find it.

But… here’s the good news: God can give you that type of love! He is the very source of that love. Only God can love in a completely unselfish, unconditional way. And while we may always fall short of this type of love – He can (and will!) work through you to express that love to others.

If you don’t know God and His love for us – you can’t truly love. You can’t give away something you don’t have.

When we surrender to Christ and accept Him into our hearts – the full power of His love is available to us. If you put the power of that Love to work in your life and your marriage – there is no telling what can happen!

TODAY’S DARE: LOOK BACK OVER THE DARES FROM PREVIOUS DAYS. WERE THERE SOME THAT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU? HAVE YOU REALIZED YOUR NEED FOR GOD TO CHANGE YOUR HEART AND TO GIVE YOU THE ABILITY TO LOVE? ASK HIM TO SHOW YOU WHERE YOU STAND WITH HIM, AND ASK FOR THE STRENGTH AND GRACE TO SETTLE YOUR ETERNAL DESTINATION.

Throughout all the dares, God has shown me so much about myself.  Areas where I need to change.  Improve.  And gently reminded me all along that these changes are possible only with Him at my side. 

“This is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26

1 comment:

  1. This post is right on!! If left to me, I cannot love my husband the way God intends for me to. I will focus on me, me, and me. When I seek God and ask...ok, beg Him to help me love, He always comes through and I am amazed at how peaceful and giving I am. Those are certainly NOT my qualities! :)

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