Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (NLT)
Make Me Able
Only you can make me able to love like you love. I can’t give like you gave. I can’t love like you love. My love always falls short. You are absolutely right when you say that you can’t give like I gave or love like I love. There is however a very important question that I want to ask you. What’s that? Do you want to give like I gave? Do you want to love others with my love? Do you want my love to flow in and through you? In every way I want to know you and your love. In every way I want your love to flow in and through my life. I want to be like a vessel that is overflowing with your love. I want your love to spill out of me so that others will want to come to you to know your love.
Do you know what it will cost you to give like I gave and love like I love? I know that the kind of love that we are talking about is not just a feeling. Giving like you gave and loving like you love requires a choice and demands taking action. What is that choice and what is that action? I must choose to be a vessel in which your love can flow in and though. I must choose to allow you to use me. I must say yes to you. I must rely on you to make me able to love others. Yes, you must rely on me to use you to love others. Then I must be willing to go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. That’s right.
This is all pretty clear isn’t it? Yes, it is very clear. You have more to say, don’t you? It’s very clear and also very scary. Why do you say that? I have no idea where you will lead me. I have no idea what you will ask of me. I wonder if I will be willing. I wonder if I will be able to love like you love. I don’t want to fail. I don’t want to say no. I don’t want to disappoint you. I want to be used by you however, whenever and wherever you call me. But, you have already said that you will rely on me. Yes, I will rely on you. Do you believe that I can make you able to give like I gave and love like I love? Yes Lord, I believe in you. Then you have nothing to worry about. Rely on me. Yes Lord, I will rely on you.
Lord, loving others has not been my strong suit. My ability to love others falls short. Only you can make me able to love others with your love. Only you can make me able to love difficult and seemingly unlovable people. Let your love flow in and through me. Amen
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