Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (I Cor 13:4-7)
The fruit of the spirit is love….. (Gal 5:22)
The Lord’s kind of love is a seemingly impossible task. No one in themselves is able to sustain this love. I would like to say that this is the way that I love, but that would be a misrepresentation of the truth. My goal is to strive towards it.
Love is like a target. We shoot our arrows and attempt to hit the bull’s eye – God’s perfect love. The archer continually practices until he is able to strike the center each time. It requires both a strong arm to pull the bowstring and a steady hand to keep the arrow directed towards the center ring.
I believe that the Lord wants us to daily practice walking in love. Just like the archer we need the determination to always persevere. Some days seem effortless when it is so easy to “love.” Other days it is like shooting arrows in the middle of a hurricane. The winds and rain drench the archer, and the target itself sways from the strong winds. Then, just when you think you are making good progress, loving like the Lord, the “derecho” comes and annihilates the entire target!
The incredible news is that when the target has been damaged or destroyed, the Lord Himself helps to reassemble it. He renews our strength so we can once again pull the bowstring and take steady aim. Even so, the question still remains – are we willing to lay down self and allow the Lord’s kind of love to envelope our life?