382 True Love = Commitment

“This is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another” (1 John 3:11).

This is probably the hardest thing we are called to do and where we fail You the most. So often we don’t feel love and so we don’t act in a loving way. “We are not in love anymore” is frequently heard as the excuse for the breakup of a marriage. Your love is not like that. Why doesn’t it work for me?

feel Look again at the record of My dealings with the children of Abraham that has been preserved for your learning. There were times when My love was very emotional … there were times when I could not express love in that way (Isaiah 5:7, Matthew 23:37). My heart was broken by their behaviour but My commitment to them never faltered. My intention to always do them good, even if it involved rebuke and chastening, demonstrates what true love really is. Real love is very strong, not always soft and tender. It is patient, not quickly angered, keeping no record of hurts. It protects, trusts, hope, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). This sort of love, My sort of love, is based on commitment, not feelings.

Commitment is the basis of all covenant relationships, whether in politics, business or marriage, and the covenant I have made with My people of old, the covenant I have made with you, is firmly based on commitment to keep My promises, meet your needs, always be there for you, even to give you the strength to keep your covenants. And, when you are open to receive it, you can also feel the warmth of My love embracing you. That sort of love is available to you too for the relationships in your life (Romans 5:5).

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