Is there anything worse than being tempted to quit on love? Sure, it might sound good to stop loving someone while your mind keeps fresh wounds alive. But if given the chance your inner spirit will eventually lead you away from the hurt. Then, after your heart softens you’ll wonder what in the world kind of crazy idea would have led you to stop loving someone.
That kind of crazy idea always comes from a mind focused on our fleshly/sinful nature. In fact our mind can be like a runaway freight train while it’s busy going over (and over) wrongs and hurts. While turning hurts over and over and getting madder and madder unknowingly our life is spinning deeper and deeper into a downward spiral. No good will come of thinking this way- ever.
Recently I was so angry at someone I love and at bedtime I tried to go to sleep. My mind kept trying to hold on to being hurt- making the original offense worse than it was. Then, my spirit would gently nudge me into good thoughts but soon I’d be back to the negative. As you can imagine I did not get much sleep that night.
The next morning a Scripture verse came to me, “A generous man devises generous things”. (Isaiah 32:8) Suddenly I was convicted. I had not been devising generous things. I had spent my night devising plans which would separate me or estrange me from the person I was mad at. I was devising an evil plan!
And as I reflected on the situation I saw an opportunity lost. Lost to show demonic powers I could overcome a simple offense in REAL TIME with the greatest power in the universe: LOVE. Will another chance come my way? Probably… most certainly…YES.
Since love is the ultimate good in the Universe it makes sense we will face strong tests and temptations to use our power to quit loving others which puts us in the category of “darkness” not “light”.
Today I pray our hearts are soft towards others and that we have the inner strength to do the hard thing which is to love. It’s the hard thing because it’s easier to hate than love. But joy and peace will come when you start creating generous plans toward the person you are angry with. Your downward spiral begins spinning upward again.
And even though you think you lost an opportunity to love- Love has given you an opportunity to begin again. Take the mercy of a new day and Love.
Love triumphs over everything and it never QUITS.