Friday, November 17, 2017

Quieting My Heart: The Key to Loving

We hear it often,
and we know it in our hearts -
but exactly what does it mean?

Sometimes it comes easy,
and other times, 
it comes harder, and we grow weary;
for loving others and
sacrificing for others
can leave us worn down, used up,
completely undone.

But if we pause, catch our breath,
rest, and listen …
Just maybe
we will find that our focus
has so easily become distorted.

Do we focus on the loving,
or do we focus first of all,
above all else,
on being loved?

“And continue to walk
surrendered to the
extravagant love of Christ …”
(Ephesians 5:2a The Passion)

Extravagant love for us -
offered on the Cross;
unending, faithful, present love,
today, this moment, now -
always with us, close.

How can we help
but let this love overflow
through our words,
our actions?

“Live a life filled with love,
following the example of Christ.
He loved us, and offered Himself
as a sacrifice for us,
a pleasing aroma to God.”
(Ephesians 5:2 NLT)

(Photo from Colorado 2015)

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