The Love Challenge… Going Deeper, Still.

As I stood there feeling humiliated, the sting was somewhat lessened. Because I knew God was teaching me the very thing I had been praying for…

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Lately, I’ve been trying something new… Whenever I feel offended, disappointed, rejected, hurt, misunderstood, or just plain treated unkindly, I pray for the transgressor of my emotions. I mean to tell you, I really, truly, pray. I pray God will bless them. Minister to them. Heal their wounds. Anything I would want for myself, I pray for them. My goal? Not to change them, but to change me. I want to see past my own hurt, and instead see the wounded. Desperate to learn the lesson, my value does not come from the ‘love and acceptance’ the world has to offer; My hope (and prayer) is to overflow in the moment with the gentleness of the Heavenly Father; fulfilling my purpose.

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

(Phil. 4:5)

A few years back, I issued a challenge for myself and then asked you to join me…  

To be so FULL of God’s love that I couldn’t fathom speaking 

an unkind word or deed. – #theLOVEchallenge.

Phillipians 4:5 has challenged me to go deeper. To love the unkind. To love the unlovable. To love as Christ loves; knowing no boundaries. Only then, will I overflow (abundantly) with the Lord’s gentleness; pointing (to all) the Lord is near. 

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Lord, help me to humbly serve your purpose embracing all that is broken in this world. Help calm the chaos in me and rely on Your words “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”