Loving Like Christ!
I recently had a dream of someone with whom I created space with due to the manifestation of previous prayers not taking place. I had become frustrated and stopped praying for this person not remembering that God answers prayers in HIS way during HIS timing. As I cried out to the Lord (translation venting), he stopped me and asked, “Have I made my love conditional?” He reminded me that even until his last breath he prayed for the children of God as he hung from the cross.
And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
The Lord proceeded to tell me that in spite of what I don’t see taking place in the lives of those I’ve been assigned to pray for, it is not my place to stop praying for them. To not care or have concern for the people and things of God is a form of apathy and that is where many believers have gotten. We will say, “I love you, Lord,” but literally stick our nose up at our fellow brother and sister in Christ. Notice I said in Christ, so if we act like this with fellow believers, just imagine how we act with those in the world…
He continued emphasizing how his number one commandment is to love and that requires me to love like him. If you haven’t noticed, loving like Christ is not the easiest thing to do in the world. It’s uncomfortable at times because it strips away any selfishness and pride you may have and challenges you to love even those who have wronged, ignored, or taken you for granted. He revealed that loving isn’t only shown through contact, but it can simply be shown by consistently praying for someone to be saved or delivered, which is the will of God. As I was writing down this revelation, I was reminded of the song “Pieces” by Bethel Music & Steffany Gretzinger.
This song gives a great depiction of what God’s love really looks like. It’s easy to read this and say, but this is how God loves, he’s supernatural... Guess what?! When you asked Christ into your life he allowed his third party to teach and show you how to love like him… Hello Holy Spirit!!! I know better than anyone how hard it is to love unconditionally and consistently, but as I challenge myself, I challenge you to do the same. Take a moment and think of someone or something that you may have gotten frustrated with or even may be resented. First, ask the Lord for forgiveness on your behalf and ask him to create in [you] a clean heart and renew a right spirit within [you] Psalm 51:10 (Actually, just read the whole chapter it’s a great detox scripture!) After you pray this, make a list of people, situations, and promises you’ve given up on and pray!
Loving God means loving his people and loving his people requires us to love them like him. In the future, God may ask you to do something like picking up the phone and calling that person, giving a hug, or something that probably won’t make sense to you, but know that the first, greatest, and most powerful thing you can do to show love is to care and consistently pray.