With February being the month of LOVE, I wanted to write an article titled “Taking the Time to Love Yourself”. The only problem, I couldn't find a scripture to back it up. I mean really, nowhere in the bible did it talk it about loving myself. It was all about loving others. So I sat in my bedroom, with all of my bible books, stumped. How can God expect me to love others when I feel as though I have no love to give? My cup does not always runneth over. In fact, my cup at times runneth DRY! And then I came across this… “If then there is any comfort in Christ, any help given by love, any uniting of hearts in the Spirit, any loving mercies and pity. Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in harmony and of one mind. Doing nothing through envy or through pride, but with low thoughts of self, let everyone take others to be better than himself. Not looking everyone to his private good, but keeping in mind the things of others. Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 2:1-5
A practical use of this scripture would be to pitch in on an office project that you weren't assigned to. Not because it looks good on your resume or because the team leader is influential with Senior Management, but because it’s good for the company or for the people impacted by the projects results. Kindness & compassion are expressions of love.
I was reminded that even when Jesus was broken and His cup was dry, His thoughts were only of love for us. Dang! Who are we to be so concerned with ourselves? That being said, God wants us to be whole. He wants our spirits to be aligned with our bodies and it’s okay to pray for that. It’s easier to show kindness and compassion when we're overflowing but, understand, it’s not always going to work that way.
Our character is shown in the face of adversity. And what better time to showcase God’s love, The Greatest Love of All!
Still Hungry? Corinthians 13:4-13 and the short book of Ruth are LOVEly.
Stoplight Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for making me whole and showing me how to love those around me. When my cup is dry, give me the strength to continue showing Your love.