In the Spirit of Love…..

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In the Spirit of Love…..

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The Spirit of Love….

Recently God brought something to Light for me that I thought I would share. I think for most of us, love can be such a selfish thing. It’s not that we have ill intent, usually I find its just the opposite. But yet, because of “life”; love becomes all about having our own needs met.
Last week, because of a beautiful experience, God brought me to John 17… I reference below…

“ I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be as one as we are one.  I am in them and your are in me.  May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.  Father, I want these whom you have given me to be where I am.  Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began.”  John 17:22-24

It’s interesting to me, that in Jesus final prayer, He is not praying for himself and the horror that lays before Him, but for those that His life has touched here while on earth.

In a relationship, especially in a marriage relationship, how often do we create that experience for our loved ones.

Yet Jesus tells us right there that God’s unity in a relationship is hinged upon that agape love. So what might there be in our lives that hinder His perfect Peace and Promise.

How often do you share those inner recesses of your heart with you spouse, I’m talking about the real deep things.

There is an amazing fear in being that vulnerable. I know I recoil at the thought. If it wasn’t for the Spirit operating in me daily and fighting the temptations Satan constantly throws before, I’m a pretty lousy human being. Everyday I battle greed, lust, envy, etc. Do I really want someone knowing that part of my heart? We want to cast this illusion upon those we love, that we are stoic and their rock. Or perhaps that if we share those inner dark places, we may fall from our love ones grace. They may not look at us they way they did before, they may not admire us and put us upon that pedestal.

And being on the receiving end of those truths is no picnic either. But first, love means seeing those inner flaws and allowing your spouse to be safe in sharing that their imperfections are part of God’s design for our lives.

“If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand you ground defending him.” 1 Cor 13:7

When was the last time you expressed a love so deep for your spouse that if they shared something so deep and scary, you would hold their heart in your hands and keep them safe. You would not judge them, fear them and at all cost, you would use it as an opportunity to learn to love them more.

Let’s not fool ourselves to think our loved ones don’t know we have theses thoughts, they do also. Why then are we so afraid to share our “dark side”.

I understand why God brought that to Light for me last week.

As I embarq on a new journey in my life, its the essence of His design for unity. To experience that perfect Peace and the ultimate contentment God has in store for each and every one of us; what develops is a deeper understanding of the human plight. And it is only that spirit of Love that we can share and learn to receive that which will raise us higher. In Christ like Love, we strengthen and fortify each other. Through weakness our loved ones give us strength and resolve.

Such a beautiful view into our hearts and what Love looks like.  I see my heart is searching for that experience of such perfect unity that Jesus has promised us.  Its a promise He’s made for us and to us, He prayed to our Father that it is bestowed upon all of us.  Through Jesus it is written in our book of life.

I want that for my life and I pray you do also.

Amore perfetto di Dio vi aspetta
In His service….TimothyPaul

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