Sometimes it is important to give up on love. Before you get all up in arms…please hear me out.
I used to think being loved was the greatest thing to think about, but now I know love is never satisfied just thinking about it.
Let me clarify further: sometimes it is important to give up on love as a thought and move it to a demonstration. Go ahead. Be honest.
How many times have you talked about love, but never practiced it?
How many times have you said we ought to love everyone, but when push came to shove you “cliqued” with others like yourself?
How many times have you said, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world/Red and yellow, black and white…” then said prejudicial comments regarding another’s skin?
How many times have you boldly stated “I love you” only to shrink back from connecting or giving yourself away to someone different from you?
GUILTY AS CHARGED!
There are so many more questions I could ask (as I’m sure you can also), but I think you get the gist of it all. Love was never meant to be something we dissect, discuss, dismember, delegate, or discontinue doing; it was meant to be “fleshed out.” I may be wrong in this since I don’t know God’s mind, but I have this sneaking suspicion He may be tired of hearing us talk about love. We do enough talking and signifying and saying nothing (to quote a song from my teen years).
IT. IS. TIME. LOVE. BECAME. MORE. THAN. TALK.
LOVE. MUST. BECOME. ACTION.
That is the point of the quote from Love Does by Bob Goff. It is the kind of love Jesus talks about (and lives). Love that never tires of finding ways to express itself.
How did you answer those questions? If I may be so bold: what are some ways that you are expressing love to others? Have you found yourself on the “I’m tired” end of love? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
This is one of my series of posts on the book Love Does by Bob Goff. I recommend it highly. See here and here. Would you like to join me in this series? Feel free to let me know if you are. I would be more than pleased to highlight your blog.