This morning, I remember the simplest of truths: I love others by faith. There's a supernatural, unconditional, pure and deep love that God wants to produce in me for others (and myself). But I cannot conjure it from my own flesh. I cannot think or feel my way into loving folks that, for whatever reason, are difficult for me to love.
And God commands I love others--especially enemies, especially the unlovable--with that pure and deep love.
Impossible! Yes. In my own strength, it is impossible.
I pull a little booklet off of the dusty bookshelves. It's How You Can Love by Faith, by Bill Bright. I flip through the pages, hungry for the truth there. He writes:
"God has an unending supply of His divine, supernatural, agape love for you. It is for you to claim, to grow on, to spread to others, and thus to reach hundreds and thousands with the love that counts, the love that will bring them to Jesus Christ. In order to experience and share this love, you must claim it by faith; that is, trust His promise that He will give you all that you need to do His will on the basis of His command and promise."
Suddenly, I'm parenting my girls with the pure, deep love of God flowing through me. I'm overwhelmed with divine love for my husband, my neighbors, my students, myself.
When God gives a command in scripture, He gives the power to fulfill it. Living with flair means I enter, by faith, into that divine flow of agape love. I love the unlovable. I love the ones hardest to love. I love in a way that counts.
Journal: Bill Bright suggests I make a list of folks in my life that are hard to love. Then, I choose to love them by faith. I'm to ask the Holy Spirit "to fill [me] with Christ's love for each of them", then pray for them and think of ways to tangibly demonstrate love to them. Will I love by faith this week?