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Day 19 – Love is Impossible February 17, 2010

Posted by poetiscian in love.
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I can remember quite vividly the day I turned 14, almost 29 years ago. I thought to myself, only four more years to go and then  I will be grown.  I’ll be able to do what I want, when I want, and how I want and that definitely included going to church almost every single day of the week.  Well, when you’re young, it seems like every day – Saturday mass, Sunday school, Tuesday Catechism, Wednesday Bible Study, Thursday Prayer meeting and then all day Saturday running from some type of church function.  It just seemed like every single mom in the world devoted their lives to church, church and still more church.  At 18 I just knew I would finally be rid of this church hopping thing that was consuming every waking moment of my life.

Fast-forward to now.  Without the foundation of Christ in my life at an early age, I am not really sure where I would be today.  I believe that this is true for a lot of people who have earnestly embarked on this journey of love.  If God is not a part of our make-up, then I do believe that it will be quite a task to love unconditionally. I don’t mean just being in love with someone, I am talking about your whole being in love with those whom you established relationships. To just love with your own heart for the sake of loving will require a greater power that is implanted within us – that power through Christ our Lord.  You see, God is the source of love, the type of love that has no boundaries and requires nothing, not even love itself returned. He loves us because He promised that he would. Even when we fall out of communion with our Father, He never forsakes us.  He justly loves and forgives us, so that we may do the same unto others.

When we find ourselves in broken and often times abandoned relationships with those that we love, we need only repent our shortcomings and either turn back to God or continue faithfully moving in His light. The most significant and major flaw that we can allow to go unattended is “guilt.”  This emotion will stop us from truly witnessing the goodness of God and others around us.

I hope that this concept is quite clear and you don’t take it to mean that it is impossible to love, because that is not the message.  Love is impossible – only if you are attempting to do it by yourself and without the assistance of God.

A few critical thoughts:
Agape love is not something you can do – only God. We have all fallen short of God’s command. God is the source of love. When you surrender self to Christ, His power can work through you. Put your trust in God and see what he can do in your marriage.

Biblical Verse(s):
1 John 4:7 – Let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Romans 6:23 –
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 15:5 –
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Ephesians 3:20 –
Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

Resources: The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

Challenge:
Look back over the dares from previous days.  Were there some that seemed impossible to you?  Have you realized your need for god to change your heart and to give you the ability to love?  Ask him to show you where you stand with him, and ask for the strength and grace to settle your eternal destination.


Q: Do you believe that God is real?

Have a blessed day, I love you!
Dawn

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