As we continue Week 4 of I Am Loved, I have a question for you. When it comes to loving others, particularly the hard to love, what fuels you?
In Day 3 this week, Wendy Blight has us circling back to this tough topic of loving difficult people. If you’re still struggling with this, her wise words (and God’s) are just what's needed to help a girl out!
While working through today’s lesson, I found myself flashing back to my childhood. At the end of each school year, my grandparents would drive to Idaho to pick us up to spend the summer with them in California. Now, my grandpa was a full-size truck kind of guy and, because it was a long drive, he bought a truck with two gas tanks.
Before then, I had no idea such a thing existed. I quickly became a fan, though, once I learned how big trucks aren’t very fuel-efficient. And how we could still get to our desired destination, without a bunch of stops along the way to refuel, simply by switching over to the other tank. How genius of the engineers to add a second tank to their design!
Well, guess what? When it comes to loving others, especially those who are hard to love, we’re like big trucks! Our own, lone “love tank” just doesn’t get us very far. Like Wendy writes:
“We cannot fully love people out of our own love tank. In part, because we lack the necessary resources in our fallen nature to love that deeply and that unconditionally.”
Because of our fallen nature, our “love tanks” are shallow and limited, filled with selfish and conditional love. But God’s love tank? HIS is deep and unlimited, filled with selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. And here’s the really awesome part … when we accept Jesus as our Savior, we have the Holy Spirit in us, giving us direct access to God’s love tank!
Yep. In order to love others with godly love, we need more than our own love fueling us. And thankfully, our divine Designer knew this and gave us access to a second tank, too. A greater tank. HIS love tank.
So, let me ask you again, when it comes to loving others, what’s fueling you — is it your love … or God’s?
Friends, like Wendy so lovingly reminds us:
“Our God loves fallen, broken, hurting, wounded, imperfect people.”
Let’s choose God’s love to fuel us, so we can love them well, too.
Reflect and Respond:
Wendy ends today’s reading by challenging us to “commit to one act, one word, one way to love our unlovable person today.” What are you committing to, and how will utilizing God’s love tank help? If you’re not sure yet, try reading through some of your fellow OBSers comments to get some ideas.