"R.E.A.L. (Relationships Ever Abiding in Love*) Moment Monday" is a new monthly column designed to encourage Believers to enjoy healthy personal, professional, and spiritual relationships. Join us each month on R.E.A.L. Moment Mondays, as we explore the spiritual and practical aspects of creating and understanding the relationships that God intends to add joy to our lives.
“Love is patient, love is kind.
The focus verse for today says that Love "believes, hopes and endures all things." (New King James) These are three of the four elements of which Faith are comprised (the fourth element being ACTION). Therefore true Love greatly involves an almost unshakable degree of Faith in the object to which it is directed. But this Faith is not blind, nor does it require or expect proof. This Love has Faith in its object based solely on what GOD has said about His creation, and how He sees them. This is what is called True Love.
The reason true Love can Believe through all things is because God can not lie; if He said that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, I (LOVE) believe that you are, even if you leave this world broke, broken and belittled. The reason true Love can Hope through all things is because God can not make mistakes; if He said he knew you before you were conceived, and had a plan for you even then, I (LOVE) will encourage, pray for and challenge you in expectation of that plan until it is manifest! The reason true Love can Endure through all things is because God can not fail! If he said that you are His creation, He has a purpose for your life, and He will cause all things to work out in good pursuit of that purpose, then I (LOVE) will wait with you, cry with you, forgive you, bless you, rejoice and celebrate with you, fight with you and for you, suffer loss and victory with you, and soon see the Light of God unfolding upon you like The Son with you. This is what true Love looks and acts like.
God has great Faith in His creation -- He demonstrated it with an unmatched act of of unconditional Love. But His creation has lost faith in itself more and more with each passing generation, which is evident by the near non-existent display (note the strategic use of the word 'display,' not 'feelings' or 'thoughts' or 'wishes') of unconditional Love. You see...without Love I would be hopeless and without a destiny, unable to counter the effects of disappointment. Without Love I would be angry and bitter, unable to counter the effects of injustice. Without Love I would have poor health and appearance, unable to counter the effects of childhood negligence. Without Love I would have low self-esteem, unable to counter the effects of abuse, abandonment and indifference. Without love I would do nothing, being impotent to challenge my past and present reality. In short, I would be a "mad black woman," too hurt to hope, too afraid to aspire, always dreaming and never doing, and resentful or suspicious of anyone who does not see the world through the eyes of a broken and well guarded heart. (To read the entire Note entitled, "About True/REAL Love," go to: Dawn Bedingfield's Note)
Love like this is always a risk, even with the most casual acquaintance. And therefore it is absolutely vital to make excellent choices in relationships. And always remember, R.E.A.L. Love is not a weakness, it is the cure all! Let's start having Faith in God and His creation (one another and ourselves), and let Love reign once again!
My R.E.A.L. Moment Monday advice for today: Choose wisely and love unconditionally. The rewards are priceless!
Love Well Friends,
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