Day 9 – Heart of the Matter

Yesterday completed the first principle in the thirty-day challenge, live passionately.  Today, we are starting the second principle, which is love completely.  Loving comes easier to some people than others.  However, we were all designed to be relational.  This means we are to be in both relationships with those around us, as well as, with God.  We cannot do live on our own.  We were meant to be together.  Let me ask you a question, if you only had a month to live, whom would you want to spend time with?  Is there anyone you need to ask forgiveness from?  Stop and think about these questions and then decide what you will do about them today.

With relationships comes love in many different forms.  Loving completely is difficult for some people because there is a risk involved.  You are putting yourself out there and becoming vulnerable.  Will the other person accept and love me in return?  Will someone I love dearly have to move away or die?  That separation is hard to deal with.  However, like I said, we cannot simply go it alone.  We have to learn that even though love comes at a price, it is still worth it.

Sometimes we try and fill the void that has been created in us with relationships with others.  Although, these are important, it is vital to have a relationship with God.  We cannot even begin to imagine how much God loves us, because He loves without limits or constraints of any kind.  Paul writes to the church at Ephesus about God’s love for us, “And I pray that you, firmly fixed in love yourselves, may be able to grasp…how wide and deep and long and high is the love of Christ – and to know for yourselves that love so far beyond comprehension” (Ephesians 3:17-19). This scripture brings to mind a song I just love, so I encourage you to take a moment to check out this video, “Your Love is Deep”, let the words pour over you, and then come back to the post for today.

I really like what Chris and Kelly wrote in this chapter; “Your problem is not that you don’t love God enough.  It’s that you don’t understand how much He loves you” (70).  If we could only begin to scratch the surface of how much God loves us, then we would let go and surrender to Him.  Christ came to earth to die on the cross for the sins of everyone, past/present and future.  Talk about making a loving sacrifice.  However, Christ would have come to earth and made that very same sacrifice even if it was for only you.  He loves you and I that much that Christ would have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to pave a way for us to have salvation.

When our foundation is based on God’s love, you are free to be yourself.  He loves and accepts you for who you are.  Knowing that your identity is locked into Christ, and then it is easier to reach out and love those around us, not worrying whether they will accept and love you.

Questions to consider:

  1. Make a list of all the people you would want to see if you knew your time was limited.  What steps will you take to start making these connections and sharing your heart?
  2. Think of one person that you have hurt. Now, sit down and write a letter to this person asking for forgiveness.  Set the letter aside for a couple of days and then reread it before deciding whether to send it.
  3. Look at your schedule for the next couple of days.  Now, carve out some time to spend with someone you love.  Make these types of connections a priority in your life, no matter how long you have to live.
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