If you want to be loved, be love…
“What Kind of Lover Are You?” Are you the kind of lover who is willing to die for your beloved? What if the death was not physical, but rather a relational, emotional or self-denial type of death? It might include putting to death selfish narcissistic insensitive or unloving self-absorbed behaviors in favor of sustainable healthy relationships. Consider Queen Esther of the bible, who was willing “to die,” for the health and welfare of a nation. She prepared for months for a meeting with the king, not realizing that the lengthy preparation period might lead to death. When faced with the choice, she was willing to choose death if it meant saving her people. At times we must also go through lengthy preparation periods to bring about change and transformation. The question is are we willing to make a commitment to kill off selfish attitudes, hatred, contempt, unforgiveness, fear, jealousies and envy so that we, and those we love can live?
I once read an Iyanla Vanzant book entitled, “One Day My Soul Opened Up,” she wrote, “if you want peace, be peace…”
Do you want love and acceptance, then be love…
Once again, I ask “What Kind of Lover Are You?”
We must learn as Christ demonstrates the father to us, to separate people from their actions. The word of God plainly states that we are all transgressors and have fallen short of His glory. Yet, despite our transgressions, he does not withhold His love from us. His love for us, His people, is so GREAT that into this world, He sent His one and only son (John 3:16). This was the ultimate in sacrificial love because the son was sent to die for the transgressions of the world, BUT, He had to be willing, so that you and I could have this great love appropriated to us. It was and is a gift of love, given freely.
What are you willing to let die, so you can live?
What are you willing to kill so your soul and relationships can prosper?
What Kind of Lover Are You?