LOVING in 2017
Happy New Year everyone, this greeting might be coming a little late but it's still a new year nonetheless. How are we all doing so far in 2017? Are we keeping to our resolutions and goals? Hope we haven't thrown our New Year Resolutions into the bush just yet? I know it can be quite exciting to list out the things we want to do better in the new year but I have come to realize that setting goals is the easiest thing, achieving the goals however is another ball game entirely.
One of my own resolutions/goals this year is to be more intentional about loving people. We all know that loving people is not as easy as the books or media depicts. In fact, it is one of the hardest things to do. No wonder Jesus said that the greatest commandment in the Bible is to LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS as ourselves(Matthew 22:36-40). In order words, if we are successful in keeping that one commandment of Loving God and Loving others as ourselves, we have invariably obeyed all the other commandments of God.
I have come to realize that the reason why it can be difficult to love others is because of our individual differences, we are all made differently and sometimes we human beings forget that. And so we expect the next person to reason like us, behave like us or even know what we are thinking or feeling per time without been told. That is how we get into conflicts and disagreements, sometimes it even leads to total separation. The solution to this is learning to love purely, unselfishly and without expecting anything in return. Giving room for mistakes, forgiving easily, and giving people multiple chances the same way God never gives up on us.
This can be quite difficult, however, the good news is that God doesn't expect us to love other people by sheer willpower. He provides the grace and strength to do that. His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. So this year, let us be more intentional about our love walk. This I believe will open more doors than we ever expected in 2017 and it will also gladden the heart of our heavenly father.
Thanks for stopping by, stay positive...xxx