I was talking to Mr. Osborne recently about love. About our love, giving love, accepting love. I’ve been reading Mary DeMuth’s wonderful book, “Building the Christian Family You Never Had,” and in it, she describes a safe home as one where you never wonder whether or not you are loved.
We learn about love at an early age. We see in in the way we are loved by our parents. We teach our children about it in the way that we love them. Is it unconditional? Are we accepted, welcomed? Or is our love revoked when we are hurt, disappointed, angered? Do those we “love” have to earn our affections?
Of course, this is all supposed to be based on a perfect example. The Bible. Our Lord. His amazing Agape love.
In a perfect world, we would have experienced an earthly example of His amazing Agape love as children, through our parents. Then we would grow giving it and receiving it. Loving God with all our heart, soul and mind. Loving our neighbors, friends, spouse, children, as ourselves.
But this world isn’t perfect. We are fallen creatures struggling to learn how to give and receive this love. How to live out His love.
It’s a lifelong goal for all of us. But we can stumble along together. This series, “Living out His Love,” will be a place where we can talk this out. Share about our struggles, what His word says, what we learn in prayer and practice, really trying to live out this love. How we’ve been encouraged and how we’ve been wounded by others attempting to live out His love in our lives. Our hopes, our aspirations, our past. What we thought love was and how we learned it was different. How we strive to apply this love, in loving Him, our family, friends, enemies, community, ourselves.
Will you join me? Living Out His Love together?
Would you like to guest blog for this series? Please e-mail me at mrsmarieosborne(at)gmail.com!