Reading daily devotionals positively influence my outlook. They always seems so apt. As if personally written for me.
The theme that has inspired me recently is love. The word is, to me, one of the most powerful in the universe. Love can build up or break down a person in a split second.
I believe the power of the word, lies not in the word itself. It is the actions used in demonstrating the word. That impacts so deeply.
I recently experienced a relationship breakdown with a family member. It was hurtful. I thought ‘that’s it! I’ll love, but not like. I am no longer invested. I will help if needed, but I am done!’
But is it that simple not to love? And in responding in this way, am demonstrating love as my faith encourages? No, and no I am not!
I am dictating the terms on which I will love. And that is not love in its truest form. Love should not be a reaction to the behaviour of others.
How can I change my attitude and love despite another’s action? By simply continuing to love them. Without prejudice.
The Bible does say love your enemies. And pray for those who do not wish you well. So in changing my attitude, the outcome of that relationship can change.
Not to mention if I simply choose to love, I set myself free from hate.