I have really been struggling lately to forgive someone who continues to hurt me. Instead of wallering in it and making myself totally miserable, I have decided to go to God about it. I have essentially been a "tattletale". I am so thankful that I can tattle to God and know that He doesn't condemn me for it.
As usual, God has me open my Bible study and what should the subject be about? Agape love. I've learned a lot about Agape love (I thought), but this time it spoke so profoundly to me. I think the more mature you are in Christ, the more your realize you just don't know everything there is to know on a particular subject. I'm glad God keeps me humble!
Beth Moore says, "Beloved, WE are incapable of agape! No matter how hard we try, we cannot exercise this kind of love. WE cannot love the unlovely. WE cannot love those who do not love us. WE cannot love those who have hurt us.
Agape is divine love. It's only origin is the heart of God. Agape is the love of God expressed through us to others. Actually it is a response more than a feeling. This is the way it works:
1. We confront a situation in which God requires us to agape another person.
2.We admit to Him that we lack agape for this person.
3. We consider how God would personally respond to this person according to the Scriptures.
4. We act in obedience and respond as He would.
When we do this, He tenders our hearts toward the person. The relationship perseveres. Ultimately we are blessed to have been the vessel through which a holy God expressed His great love to one of His children. Nothing else is like God pouring agape through you."
I guess I sort of feel like I'm off the hook. I really can't love this person on my own. I can't conjure up feelings of love. It's not about that. It is about setting my own heart free to love this person. I simply can't do this without God. I am incapable. My flesh is in the way. My want for revenge or vindication always rises up within. It is an ugly thing.
God is teaching me to pray good things for this person, things that will add value to their life. I am also praying that the strongholds that are strangling their walk with Christ, would be broken. I am not praying timid prayers for them, but bold and powerful ones. I am believing God for the first time that this person can really change. When I am faithful to do this, I can feel God transforming my heart. God is setting me free from being embittered toward them. Now it is actually changing the way I feel as I continue to let God transform my heart towards this person.
Agape is a beautiful thing. I'm so thankful to have a greater understanding of it. It is not something to be "practiced". It is a gift from God. It is something to be praying for. He will do the rest.
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I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball