“Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – (Mark 12:30-31)
The solution to our struggles, always seem to return to being rooted in love. When our character is assaulted with false accusations, or our integrity questioned without reason, we can grow frustrated and defensive, or we can choose to love anyway. Human nature causes our head and heart to hold out for an equally hurtful response, yet the still small voice within, whispers, “Love.” Though it may take swallowing some of our own righteous wrath to choose to love, to do so, is that which we are called to do. Often, it is through our responding in love, that the accusations are disproven and our integrity is clearly upheld. Responding in love, removes the claws, from those with ill intentions.
This is not to say that we are always meant to face the fire, as there are times when He calls us to retreat and stick to praying for those who persecute. God is gracious and kind, and grants wisdom as to when and what we are to do. If our focus is on loving Him and loving others, we will be walking in obedience to what He is asking of us.
and they puncture the heart;
seek He who is loving,
to heal and grant fresh start.
Respond not in anger,
words can’t be taken back;
go straight to the Father,
when we’re under attack.
He alone is our peace,
our place of perfect rest;
our anchor through the storms,
the One who loves us best.
Let all of our focus,
eyes, heart, soul and our mind;
fix on loving the Lord,
and the rest of mankind.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You simplified all that You ask of us into one command: Love You, and love others. Thank You that You do not ask us to do this in our own strength, but rather if we come to You and trust You, You equip and empower us to love You and love others, as You are calling us to do. Forgive us for our pride that attempts to preserve our reputation, rather than allowing You to be our protection in all things. Please grant us wisdom and strength to hear You clearly, and to heed Your instruction in all things and at all times. Lead us to truly love as You love us, and may many come to know You as a result. Be glorified through our love for You and one another. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. – James 5:11