2015-06: Live Loved
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Live Loved 💖

Ahhh…love! Everybody wants to be loved, and most are to some degree. So many books, stories and songs are dedicated to the topic of love, and what would girls watch if it weren’t for the chick flicks and rom-coms?! (insert tongue in cheek 😉). Some go to extreme lengths to be loved and/or to prove their love, while others, it appears, have rather warped ideas as to what love is.

Of course, if we are in Christ, we know that we are deeply and sacrificially loved by God Himself. However not all of us live loved. Not all of us do life in such a way that comes from a grounded place of security in our being loved.

I’ve been reflecting on this theme a bit lately and it has been the focus of some of my social media posts, spawning the hashtag: #LiveLoved

    Don't just say "I love you”, show it. Don't just show "I love you", say it. #liveloved

    "Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!" Isaiah 60:1 #WordPower #hope #liveloved 

    Today why not bless someone by giving three specific words of encouragement or perhaps three someones with one specific word of appreciation. #encouragement #appreciation #liveloved

    A little bit of #love goes a long way. And God's love goes forever. #liveloved

    You can only run your race, not someone else's. Head up, eyes forward. God is with you. #liveloved 

    You have the power to contribute to someone having a good day. How will you do it? Be intentional. #liveloved

Living loved is something we receive and embrace - we are deeply, intimately, extravagantly and sacrificially loved by the Father. And living loved is something we transfer, transmit and give out of the overflow and abundance of love we have divinely received.

If we truly lived loved, we would:

* live, more freely loving others

* not as easily give in to the feeling of fear

* see giving of ourselves as a gift we also receive

* find the simplest of acts as something loving to do

* find the simplest of acts done for us as something loving to receive 

* walk with increased confidence into the unique purpose God has called us to

* not feel intimidated, insecure or ‘less than’ when compared to others

* identify God’s love-notes all around us

* be less self-serving, self-focused and selfish in our conversations, interactions and relationships

* have a clearer definition of what we are to give ourselves to, what we are to take on and what we are to leave behind.

Some have a very warped idea of what love truly is. At times it can be heart-breaking watching certain young people as they run after what they think is love. But a wrong concept of love is not only a condition of the young. While watching Dr Phil recently, where a couple were proclaiming, “I love him/her” yet while doing horrendous things to each other, I wanted to shout through the television, “Tell me: what is your definition of love?!”

The truth is, if we have a wrong definition of love then we’ll have a wrong experience of love.

God is love. It is not just something He does; it is something He is. The Lord clearly defines love (such a handy measuring stick) in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

So often our love is very selfish and rather conditional. (Just listen in to conversations around you and listen out for the focus of individuals’ words, the balance and mutuality, or lack thereof, within the conversation.) But God is not selfish about His love. He is not selfish in His love. 

Author, C. Baxter Kruger puts it this way: “The Father, Son and Spirit love us for our benefit, not for increasing their membership rolls, or for making themselves look good, or for anything they can get from us…The shared life of the Father, Son and Spirit is about giving, not taking; sharing, not hoarding; blessing others with life for their sake, not manipulating for divine control. The Father, Son, and Spirit are focused upon giving themselves for our benefit, so that we, too, can experience real life. They need nothing in return.” (p120, The Shack Revisited)

Jesus gave so that we could ‘experience real life’, and that real life is to live loved.

So my friends, let us all endeavour to #LiveLoved.

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