On the 1st day of poetry, Mishy gave to us…
“Building up one another in love…”
I feel like Christians struggle with this as a concept because the word “love” is defined as something different.
In this world, we only love the people we like; we only love those who we think are attractive, who we think aren’t too loud or annoying or abrasive, yes,
The word “love” is only used to our own personal advantage or agenda.
Too often love is about ourselves, and not about others.
It’s not about sacrifice, but more about how it will benefit our lives.
But love was never meant to be this way.
It was never meant to be uprooted from the perfect example that Christ gave on the Cross, giving Himself up in our place.
Yet we took that beautiful flower by the streams of Living Water and
We potted it,
Enslaving it to how we want it to grow.
Confining it to the walls of our own definitions of what we know love to be.
Forgetting to water it when things weren’t going great, and instead, watering the weeds.
That poor plant of love left to our own devices didn’t stand a chance to bear fruit or seed…
How can we build one another up in love?
I think first we need to take ourselves out of the equation. We’re too stuck up in our feelings, too
Obsessed with our own frustrations that we forget other people’s emotions exist.
Instead of arms outstretched we
Hold our arms to our sides and
Tighten our fists,
Choking that love plant between our fingers and palm,
Denying that we’re seeing this love thing all wrong.
I admit that there are times I have decided not to love someone because of what they’ve done.
I hold it against them, holding back my love from them as if it were a punishment.
Then, I do something that I realize is worthy of the same judgment, yet
I feel no lack of love from those who strive to love me as Christ does.
Who am I to judge?
Who am I to withhold the love that is shown to me so faithfully on the daily?
No, it is not about me or you or
He or she or
They or we,
Our eyes should be fixed on Christ, first and foremost.
For we cannot build up one another in love without first building up the body of Christ
In which perfect love casts out fear.
Be-loved. Be loved. Share love. Show love.
~ written on July 2, 2017 at 1:39pm