You were made to love, not fear.
Those worries of:
“What if I show love and they don’t show love back?”
“What if I keep praying and they keep doing the same things?”
“What if I keep giving and I don’t give anything in return?”
“What if I show love and my heart ends up being broken?”
All of those worries have no power when you can say this:
“I choose to love because God loves me. Not because of other people or what they might give me in return, but because His love runs through my veins, and that kind of love is not interrupted by any amount of fear or hurt. This is why I will keep loving, and giving, because it is not earthly love that pulls the strings of my heart. It is Eternal love that keeps me going.”
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. - 1 John 4:18
The enemy will try to get you to only focus on the ones that broke your heart or let you down or gave you a reason to feel like you couldn’t fully love others. However, all of those things are rooted in fear…which is the very thing that the love of God drives out of us.
Yes, there are people who have hurt you and that was not right. Yes, there are those the took you for granted when you gave your all. But here’s the thing…we have also done this to Lord, because we have all sinned against Him. And yet, that didn’t stop Him from loving us. We break His heart when we sin against Him and He still says, “here….let me fix this. Let me draw you back near to Me.” God is grieved when we sin against Him, but He is not destroyed by it and He is definitely not afraid of it.
So if we believe that in Jesus, this is the kind of love that runs through our veins we now know that we have the freedom to love and keep loving, no matter who or what tries to convince us to give up. So keep on praying for us. Keep on giving. Keep on loving with all you have because you know that no matter who notices or cares, you are fueled by the love of God that is running through your veins.
Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo
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