THE LOVE TEST – WE ALL HAVE TO PASS IT.
WE ALL GET TO KEEP TAKING THE LOVE TEST AGAIN AND AGAIN.
Are you able to LOVE like you’ve never been hurt?
Are you able to FORGIVE like you’ve been forgiven?
What is Love?
Definition from Dictionary.com:
As a noun: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. As a verb: to have a profoundly, tender, passionate affection for another person.
Definition from The Bible:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
God is love.
About a year ago, I heard a great message on how to love and keep loving others after being hurt and wounded. As a guest speaker at our church, Author and Pastor, Jentezen Franklin, spoke on the subject of his book entitled, Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt. This book covers several issues, including loving others through problems and pain, overcoming hurts and wounds, continually forgiving others, and remaining free from a spirit of offense. Jesus told us, “…it is impossible that no offenses will come.” If you haven’t already had to forgive and pass the offense test, get ready my friend, you will. We will all eventually be tested in forgiving others and releasing a spirit of offense. Every relationship worth fighting for encounters overcoming the love and forgiveness test.
This is what I refer to as the true LOVE TEST. It’s often easier to love those who never hurt our feelings, never disagree with us and have not grievously harmed or abused us or one of our close beloved ones.
Jesus told us we are to love our enemies and pray for them. Some of us can’t even love our friends or family members, and forgive and pray for them.
Help us all, Lord.
Pastor Jentezen shares candidly in chapter one of his book about the pain and heartbreak within his own family and the resulting love challenges. We all wish we could say, “I can’t relate.” “I can relate too!” and very likely can you and MANY others in our world filled with the walking wounded. The crushing and pressing of our pain and suffering brings a spirit of humility, gentleness, and anointing that brings glory to Our Father. Tested leaders, teachers, and preachers who have passed the testing and trials of life, and especially the LOVE TEST, by overcoming and remaining faithfully committed to The Lord have a powerful anointing. This brings glory to God, and this is evident through Pastor Jentezen’s ministry.
I agree with Pastor Jentezen, as we allow God’s love to heal our broken hearts, “Love wins.” Shared experiences, including the unlovely ones, empower us with the capacity to empathize with the suffering of others. As we are able to relate, open ears and hearts are more inclined to listen as we offer God’s love, help and healing.
Our lovely and unlovely journey when shared in transparency can help open a door of truth spoken in love that sets other captives free – ultimately leading us all on the highway of freedom.
Freely loving and leading as we have been freely loved and led.