(Originally posted 08/27/11 on Jessica Taylor Cappel’s Blog: The FAITH DRIVEN Life)
I have noticed that one of the primary areas the devil targets us is in our love walk. He always seems to find the right person, to push the right buttons that push you away from them, while the whole while you are trying your best to walk in love. Often he send the people closest to us to break our heart and make us never what to extend the unconditional love we had given that person to another, in an effort to protect ourselves. Many times love is the key factor to many people’s problems. A depletion of love, being denied love, false love… and so on. More often than not, it is these people you invested your heart into, the people you freely gave to, who the devil uses to turn on you.
It is so hard to live in this world and truly show agape, the God-kind of love, to other human beings. And often, this is where we fail. We become hardened because we never want to hurt like that again. I am one who is guilty of that, having experienced past and recent hurts that push you to the edge to where you just want to shut your heart to people completely, never to be hurt again. And why is it that some of us seem to be gluttons for punishment and still keep loving people who “despitefully use us,” who speak wickedly of us, who rip our heart out of our chest and stomp it into a million pieces? Is it because we are weak cowards with no backbone to defend ourselves? Is it? I chose to believe that is the exact opposite of that and that believing the previous is a worldly view.
Think about it, we were created in the image and likeness of GOD! When we came into the kingdom, we took on His heart, His attributes, His LOVE for mankind. A love that knows no bounds and love that changes the very hearts of even the most lost! So is it really weakness to love people who continually hurt you? Not if you want to be like your Father, it is not! He loved the WHOLE world, not just those who were faithful to Him. He loved the ones who CURSED His holy name, the ones who MOCKED His power, the ones who DEFILED the very bodies He created and enjoyed doing the exact OPPOSITE of what He desired, the ones who PUSHED His love away….. Sound familiar?
We are created in His image and likeness, His limitless love is in our hearts with the urging to spread it to all mankind! And, even when you feel hurt, rejected, and unappreciated remember that your Father felt the same way… but because of His love, His love for mankind, He GAVE His ONLY Son, the ultimate sacrifice of Love to reach the heart of Man! God hasn’t given up on Love because of heartbreak and rejection, He hasn’t quit loving the very people who curse Him, and He still remains powerful, the God who turns impossible into possible…. So, why then does it make you weak if you love in the same manner, in the face of the same circumstances? It doesn’t! You are filled with the ability to love even the wickedest of humans, so don’t let THEIR darkness keep YOU from showering them with the unconditional love of God!
“Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]…”
1 Corinthians 13:5b-8a AMP