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Of actions & intents….. This thing called love

By March 8th, 2013Uncategorized10 min read
has been pretty heavy on my heart for the past few days and I woke up this
morning with clarity about the message I needed to share today. My quiet time
reinforced this thinking and thereafter, I found myself flipping through my
notes from my recently concluded study of the book of Romans. As I did this, I kept
thinking about
this thing called love.
 I had it somehow settled in my mind that
this would be the topic of my blog today. As I sat down to type however, I recalled
that I had started an article about two weeks ago, but which I never finished
as I had a leading to write on something else. Reading through that partial
write-up, I was amazed at how it tallied so well with what I want to share with
you this morning. This is the genesis of my double-barreled title today sis. It
seems even more apt given that today is International Women’s Day and I pray it
ministers to you doubly so.
to sound like a broken record or anything, but I really have had quite a few of
these experiences recently where I hear the one thing on the one day, and then same
or next day read or hear the exact same words spoken to me through someone
else. In my last blog (Realignment) I
had shared one of these experiences and I do so pray it ministered to you, sis.
Today, I am again led to share another of these experiences, sensing this is again
as much for me as it is for you today.
again, there I was listening (albeit with half an ear) to Bishop Dale Bronner
as I sorted through some stuff I was putting aside to give to charity.
Something he said caught my attention and I stopped to listen more intently. He
said ‘You see the problem with most of us
is that we judge others by their actions, whereas we judge ourselves by our
Hmmm! Serious food for thought! I grabbed my jotter and made a
quick note of this statement. It was certainly something I needed to think
through and assess how I measured up to in practice. The very next morning, I was
listening to leadership guru John Maxwell speaking. Admittedly, I again was
listening only partially as I was running slightly behind schedule and was
focused on being able to leave the house asap. He sure had my full attention
however when he said ‘Too often, we judge
others by their actions, whereas we judge ourselves by our intentions’
I literally stopped in my tracks and couldn’t move for a few minutes. Now, I
don’t need to tell you that I immediately began to do a mental search to figure
why the Lord would need to speak this word to me. I beamed a spiritual
torchlight on my relationships and interactions of recent to see the
‘if’s’/‘how’s’ of any judgmental positions I may have adopted of recent. I
really couldn’t put my finger on any one thing, but you and I know the mind is
so not willing to cooperate in any one area where it might be found guilty
right? So perhaps admittedly, I didn’t turn the searchlight on full beam. Oh
immediately also began to try to find linkages to the similar ‘period vs comma’ experience I had a few
days earlier, and which was the subject of my ‘Realignment’ post. Thankfully, I didn’t have enough time to get
into that space of spiritual intellectualism that so often gets us into trouble
with God. Rather, I mentally moved this into the realm of things which the Lord
had promised to make clear to us all in due course. I mean, who knows? There
really might not be a link. Indeed this could be me trying to put a comma
between two experiences the Lord has clearly differentiated with a period,
right? Hmmm!  That said, I felt a nudge
from the Holy Spirit as He reminded me that much of what He had been teaching
me in the latter part of my study of the book of Romans, had to do with issues
around judgments and walking in love. I was clearly going to have to re-examine
my love walk on this earth.
few days ago, I found myself in a very remarkable gathering. Words that readily
come to mind are ‘explosive’, ‘volatile’, ‘noisy’, ‘discordant’. I was quiet
through all this, but really and truly came out of that session somewhat traumatized.
And why wouldn’t I be? I spent three hours in the midst of mostly unwarranted bickering
and arguments, very loudly so too. The critical discussion points and corporate
goals were near lost in the space of interpersonal play ups, outright rudeness,
several people speaking at the same time and a basic refusal to accord honor to
each other. The cells of my body were literally vibrating out of that session. But
here is the irony – at some point, we all stood up to say prayers, ending with ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit….’
I went stock still as the Holy Spirit ministered to me that neither grace, nor love,
nor fellowship was at play in the midst of that gathering. He said those
prayers were on our lips but certainly not in all our hearts. I came away sad,
thinking to myself how easily we miss this
thing called love
the Lord our God called us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. He took
time to explain that this was the greatest of commandments, given that God is
love and all His commandments are fulfilled in the commandment to love one
another as Christ loved us – even unto dying on the cross. Early this year, the
Lord said clearly to me ‘Don’t be
religious! Walking in love goes much deeper that you can ever imagine’
Sometime soon I will share with you what happened before I received this word,
but I so thank God for chastising me that day. As I thought about this gathering
I was in last week, the Lord brought this message to my remembrance and I want
to speak it again to you just as clearly. Sis, walking in love is deeper than we imagine! Walking
in love is our highest call to be like Jesus. I mean how can we claim to be the
image of Christ if we fail in love?
please look up Romans 12 v 16 & 18; Romans 13 v 8; Romans 14 v 10, 12 &
13; Romans 14 v 19; Romans 2 v 1 & 6; and 1st Peter 1 v 14 – 22.
For easy reference, these Scriptures are also put at the ‘Word of the Week’
section at the bottom of this page. I so want to make heaven sis, and no doubt
so do you. Let us therefore consciously work to overcome as many of those ‘sins
that so easily beset us’ as we can, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our minds
must be focused on the greater good. We must learn to humble ourselves so that
the Lord Who is the lifter up of our heads can exalt us in His due season.  

1st Corinthians 13 v 4-8, the Word describes all the attributes of
love as God calls for us to love. If we are truly heaven-minded sis, then there
should be more times than not when we lay aside our strong arguments, our
pride, our personal agendas, for the greater good. This is what my Coach
defines as love being ‘contending for the
highest possible good to be made manifest in the present moment’
. As I think
on that gathering sis, I realize how what was playing up was truly a ‘judging of others by their actions and
ourselves by our intentions’
situation. That was why grace, love, and
fellowship could not prevail, and that was why the Holy Spirit said He was not
in it. God cannot be in an equation if there is no love, for He is love. It’s really
that simple!
reflect on your relationships and interactions as I am doing now. You and I need
to look past our difficult relationships – be they with spouses, friends,
colleagues at work or in church, social groups, in-laws, etc. If we look at the
tensions between us as a stumbling block in our walk with God, then we can more
readily (as we should) ask the Lord to take away the hearts of stone among us,
and fill us with His spirit of love and grace. We will not make heaven if we do
not walk in love, sis. Since we are always clear on our own intentions, how
about you and I take the time to ask the next person to explain their
intentions and open our hearts to see their perspectives. We may not always
agree, but in the place of honor and respecting our rights to be different, it
is still possible to agree to disagree in love; to contend for the highest
possible good for all concerned.
leave you with this as food for thought sis. I will be praying for you, as I will
for myself, that God will once again pour out of the abundance of His love into
our hearts. When He does so sis, please be a channel and allow God’s love to
flow through you to those around you. As imperfect as we might see them to be, remember
that we aren’t perfect either. Far from it! Yet, God chose to love us… our
imperfections and all. How can we do any less, sis? How can we? We must love;
we must honor; we must respect; we must show grace; we must ensure the sweet fellowship
of the Holy Spirit truly reigns within and among us. We must truly understand,
live and walk out this thing called love. The Lord will help you sis. He will
help me.  
blessed…. For you surely are!

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