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Love.

Love, a word I have encountered many times. Do any of us actually know what it is to love? I for one can say that I don’t. For years, I thought I was doing the whole love thing the way that I was suppose to be doing  it, but in all actuality I have been miserably failing at it. I  once watched a video with Carl Lentz, those of you who don’t know, he is a well known pastor at Hillsong church. Anyways, he did this thing where he recited Corinthians 13:4-8 and instead of saying love is, he replace it with his name. I tried it, and it kind of went something like this…

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Elle is patient….Not really

Elle is kind…75% of the time.

Elle does not envy… I don’t.

Elle does not boast… I wouldn’t say I do.

Elle is not proud… Well, you got me there.

Elle does not dishonor others…. I can be pretty wicked.

Elle is not self-seeking… I’m not, I think.

Elle does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth… I don’t believe I do. The truth sets you free, so of course I rejoice in it.

Elle always protects, always trust, always hopes, and always perseveres… No, Na  , Nay and Nope.

I found it sad that I wasn’t able to give a concrete yes to any of the above statements. I won’t completely be hard on myself, because I am extremely generous, giving, I am for the most part accepting of others and who they are at their core; but if I’m not loving them in the ways mentioned in Corinthians, am I really doing right by them? This is not to say that you should act in all ways according to this scripture and allow others to take advantage of you. That I guess is where my problem lies, afraid to love like this because I wholeheartedly feel like the other person won’t reciprocate, which is why I am learning that you have to act this way for yourself and in due time you shall attract the right person.

So I ask, are you loving the proper way or is your type of love in accordance with the matters of the flesh? Reflect on this concept, do as I have done and replace the word love with your name! Happy self discovery!

God Bless You All!!!♥♥♥

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    1. No pun intended but I “LOVE” this post lol! I can totally relate to that Bible verse in 1 Corinthians 13 and sometimes it is hard to Love the way Christ calls us to Love. One thing that I particularly struggle with too is being patient, whether its in a relationship or even a business venture. To me, there is only one true way to Love others the way Christ calls us to … and that way is through Christ Himself. After all, GOD IS LOVE! What better person to teach Love? As I dive into this New Year with a different mindset, I am letting go of the things that I allowed to get in my way of my relationship with God & others that I desire to love wholeheartedly. Personally, I cannot fully wholeheartedly love someone if I am not fully & wholeheartedly committed to the one who is Love. I need Christ more than anything else because without Him I am nothing. I am also learning as I enter the year of New Beginnings (2018) that what may seem bad in our eyes is seen as a good thing in God’s eyes. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
      ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬
      http://bible.com/116/isa.55.8.nlt

      Part of Loving, is also being able to be patient as God is patient to us (for all the wrong we constantly do, yet His Gracy & Mercy continues to reign with His level of Love [Patience], towards us even in the midst of sin which causes Seperation from Him. But yet While we were still sinners Christ Died for us which explains His Love for us, which is why He compares the church as His Bride & He as the bridegroom. Because Husbands (bridegroom) ought to Love their wives as Christ Loves the church. The same way the bride must submit to her husband as the church submits to Christ! Moreover, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
      ‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬
      http://bible.com/1/mrk.10.9.kjv

      Awesome post! Loved it! GOD BLESS YOU TOO!!!! 💕☺️💯

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