Real Love Is CarefulIn Blog, Connection, God 6 comments
In this day of I will only invest in you if you have something I want, I am more than ever grateful for God.
Because the hard truth is, most of us are not careful with people.
If those around us need Jesus and we have even noticed, we will silently hope for the opportunity to fall in our lap, for them to ask what is different about you, for an extra 10 minutes in our schedule that never appears where we can do about 80 down the Romans Road and then at the end, brakes slammed, screeching halt and all, we will have done our job to tell them about Christ.
Even in Christian circles, where we say we hate celebrity yet it often still reigns, our culture says: don’t mess with people who can offer you nothing.
But Jesus says something very different:
be careful with my kids.
practice loving people without an agenda.
when you have the least to gain and you invest anyway, you touch my heart.
savor people, for I love them, each one.
Friends, God didn’t create us to be the means to each other’s selfish end. He didn’t intend for us to look through each other like we are invisible when we aren’t what the world says is important.
Real love doesn’t bypass. It doesn’t calculate. It doesn’t say I don’t need to care about you because you are no one and can do nothing for me.
Real love pauses, takes people in with both hands and heart.
It is not quick and consuming.
Real love takes its time, is careful with people, savors their worth.
*Conversation: Have you ever thought about this idea of “being careful with people?” How does this measurement of love change things?
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