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Monday, February 15, 2016

Power of Love: Limitless

The world can be a tough place to be. It's full of negativity and it's easy for people to hurt us or rub us the wrong way. It could be within the community during the work week, our family, friends, church, or even someone we encounter on an outing. Rude remarks can be exchanged. Someone could throw an insult while you're driving down the road. It could be someone who invaded our personal space. The encounters are limitless. However, regardless of any hurtful actions we encounter, it can knock us off our game and upset the entire day.

As a Christian, how do we go about these types of encounters with those challenging individuals? We're called love fully loves selflessly and without ceasing. Are we supposed to falsify a smile while grumbling on the inside? Are we supposed to completely disregard the situation and person altogether? How is it that we are supposed to respond to these kinds of circumstances?

We are supposed to love without limits. Let's define this. What does it really mean to love without limits? How is it that we're supposed to be truly kind to everyone, regardless of what they have done to us? 
Having a limitless love is one where harmony, joy, peace, kindness, and happiness are present. It's nonjudgmental, compassionate, and open. Limitless love is not allowing anger to flare up when you're driving down the road and encounter someone who tries to provoke you; giving the middle finger, yelling out the window, cutting you off during driving. Instead, you give a sincere smile and pray to God that they touch that individual and move within their lives. We pray for God to change their day and help them to push off anything the enemy is tempting them with. 

Limitless love is not being greedy, self-indulgent, resentful, dishonest, or corrupted. One who has a limitless love will not hesitate to share with someone in need, even though you may have very little. It's someone who thinks about the well being of others without any inside motives. It's someone who always tells the truth, regardless of the way it may make you or another feel. It doesn't lie, cheat, or steal to get ahead. 

When someone truly has a limitless love, they love themselves. They don't indulge in anything harmful to destroy their body. They care for themselves in the best ways possible. 

A person who exercises limitless love doesn't judge others based on who they are, what they believe, or what sins they have in their past. Limitless love is a never ending type of love that extends to all beings without prejudices. 

How can we be a person with limitless love? 

To help us build this type of compassionate love, first, we must seek God. We seek Him in each and every situation we encounter. We talk to Him without stopping. We pray. We ask Him to intervene in the situation and give us the ability to interact with difficult people or we ask Him to help us know what it is we need to know in order to love limitlessly. While praying, we consult His word. The Bible is full of wisdom and strength. It's full of compassion and direction for us. Without learning God's words, how can we be ready to battle the enemy who seeks to destroy us? 

Remember when we encounter those who are difficult, keep in mind that there maybe something steaming from the negativity. Perhaps a family member of theirs passed away. Or they are overwhelmed with anxiety or feel lost. If we take a moment to consider what this person's story is, maybe we won't be so quick to anger, judgments, and we will be quicker to understand. 

When we find ourselves being tempted and not expressing our limitless love, we could always take a moment of silence. If we wait before we speak, we can stop any harmful words from stumbling from our mouths to cause any other ill feelings. We should always try to speak with wisdom, kindness, and love. 

For us to embrace limitless love, we should be open to constructive criticism. This is a good way to learn what bad habits we have and may not see them. Most of the time, the criticism is entangled with truth, which can help us be a person with limitless love. Ephesians 4:32 puts it great: "Be kind to each another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."

So, push away the grudges and keep to love. Jesus extends His grace to you, as you should to those around you. Jesus is the reason we can love so fully, joyfully, and freely. Therefore, we should take heed to Christ and love with respect, kindness, and compassion.

What is limitless love to you?

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