Family 1st Pt 7 – Keys to Overcoming pt. 2
Love noun strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, an assurance of affection. Love is a choice we make daily. We choose to love our spouses, we choose to love our children, we choose to love our family. We choose to love God. The love we give God doesn’t benefit him, it benefits us. He designed love this way. We give him love but we reap the benefits. God does not benefit from us loving him. He is not looking for us to pour into Him but for Him to pour into us. He doesn’t need to receive from us; we need to receive from Him. Love is NOT a feeling. It is a choice. To love like God does, we choose to. We need to love intentionally to love as God does. After we choose to, we must abide in Christ. John 15:2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Do not mistake a hard time for the devil. It may be God pruning you, preparing you. It may also be because we are not living intentionally. We blame the devil for things we need to fix inside of ourselves. We blame the devil for crashing into a pole but we were the ones not looking where we were going. And once we choose to, then abide in God, we must exercise selflessness. Not our definition of selflessness, but true, Godly selflessness. Our worldly definition of selflessness is to act towards another person’s needs as long as we still benefit from it. God’s definition of selflessness is to act towards another person even if it does not benefit us at all. God loves us even when we do not love him, even when we act selfishly towards him, even when it gains Him absolutely nothing. Choose. Abide. Exercise Selflessness.