I dont know about you, but I am tired of seeing Momo’s ugly face on my timeline. If you don’t know who Momo is, it’s a character (that has since gone viral) that pops up in the middle of some kids shows on YouTube and […]
Month: February 2019
There are so many areas of my life where I think that I am loving fully, unconditionally, and freely. On the flip side, there are so many times where I fail to love someone because I don’t feel they deserve it. Even going as far as passing quick judgement on someone because they are different than me. Truthfully, I need to be refreshed! I desire a new perspective, a desire to extend grace, and a willingness to reflect the only perfect love there ever was.
When writing down notes and ideas for this series one thing that really convicted me was that I have an elevated view of myself. I sometimes carry this perception that my story and my experiences are more important and more worthy of love than the next person (don’t act like you haven’t been there). This has made itself known in the way I interact with impatient customers at work, slow drivers in the fast lane on the road, and even people I have had disagreements with in my church. Yes, I am set apart, redeemed, and loved by God. Yes, I have experienced highs and lows that no one else has and that’s beautiful. But, why is it so easy for me to look at God, disregard everything his word says about genuinely loving the community he calls us to? Why is it so easy to try to hide how I make an idol of pride by disguise it as self love?
Trying to extend love to someone without truly knowing it ourselves can never be fruitful. It’s like getting a job at a mechanic shop when your major is computer science then expect yourself to be equipped to train someone on how to change a transmission. We need a perfect representation of love and grace to truly be prepared to extend it to someone else. Without us seeking out what the Bible says about who Jesus is, our selfish attempts at righteousness are like filthy rags before The Perfect One.
The interaction between Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4 is one of my favorite examples of how Jesus loves. Where Jesus was, it was unusual for a Jew to have anything to do with a Samaritan. You could imagine the woman’s surprise when Jesus asked her for a drink of water. You can see, over and over in the Bible, moments where Jesus sought out individuals. He didn’t seek them out because they seemed kind. He didn’t pursue a relationship with them because it was going to benefit his number of followers or boost his ego. On the contrary, the majority of the people Jesus spent time with, I honestly would never have given the time of day. He did it because he loves without condition. He doesn’t see people and creation the way we do. Like the instance at the well, he sees their beauty, their worth, and their value and offers them himself so they never lack anything again.
One of my favorite ways to exercise this muscle is to continuously remind myself that I am not the only one made in the image of God. I am not the only person on the road, in the grocery store, or in the congregation that is redeemed and adored by the one who set the only example in history of perfect love. It is the mercy of Jesus to reveal our inability to love in our own strength. It is his grace to offer us to repentance and offer us himself so freely.
Are we serving others and extending kindness from a place of unconditional love? Or, are we loving others in hopes that they reciprocate and affirm our actions? I pray that we spend time asking God to examine our hearts and truly desire to see the way we love be a reflection of his love for us.
Written by: Marilyn Migliaccio