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A Deeper Love

by Lindsey Harrison – #2ASP04 – Dove Sister The Specialist

John 13:34-35

34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Matthew 5:43-48

43You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

When I taught, I came home with a story every day. I’d retell it for friends and family, sparing no detail, playing it like a movie – drama, suspense, comedy. But one of the most memorable moments I can recall wasn’t any of those things. More like a mystery. A student asked me, “Ms. Lindsey, how long do you plan to be married.”

Shock and awe. What? Who says that? I was so caught off guard that I’m not certain I answered the question. But it has stayed with me, in part, because it was so easy for her to ask. It was so innocent and unassuming, because that was her reality.

We live in a society where love fails. Marriages end. Friendships falter. Families crumble. Ministries divide. But our Bibles declare love to be such a powerful thing. Love makes up for all offenses (Prov. 10:12). Love is patient, kind, not envious or boastful or rude. (1 Cor. 13). Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:38).

As children of God and disciples of Christ, I think this is the kind of love we’re called to express. Our love should stand to prove God’s word true, that love never fails. We should practice love and become disciplined in it. So Christ himself challenges us to a deeper love. Love one another. Not only that but love your enemies. Pray for them. Just as God sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous, our love should flow to our friends and foes.

Our love must run deeper.

Here is an excerpt from an old blog I wrote. It is still challenging me and the way I love:

God is love. Being made in His image and after His likeness, do we not have the same capacity? To be love? Imagine an instance when your name might be used interchangeably with love. But not only an instance, but throughout time. That those who knew you, knew love. That those who know you, know love. If by no other means, could someone know love through you? Its butterflies and smiles. Its embrace and trust. Its thought and deed. Its forgiveness. Its restoration. Its power. Could someone know all of that through you? Lindsey is love. Wow. I strive for those words to be said, even if I never hear them.

Take Aways

  • Don’t underestimate the power of love.
  • Examine the limitations of your love, to challenge them by God’s word.
  • Love your enemies; practice by praying for them.
  • Be love.
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February 1, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

13 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Still Eazy….

    Comment by Eric, but you may know me as Eazy | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  2. I love the idea that we need to “practice love and become disciplined in it.” If there’s one thing that I think we get wrong, it’s that we think love just comes naturally. But to love is a very active choice, something we should choose regularly. We should seek to understand how those around us receive love (check out Five Love Languages, if you haven’t yet). And what a great point about making sure our ideas about love are challenged by God’s word. Thanks for the post!

    Comment by Jessica | February 1, 2012 | Reply

    • Yes! Love doesn’t come naturally but God can teach us to love like He does. So important that we take every opportunity to practice and learn love lessons, with strangers, friends and enemies.

      Comment by Lindsey | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  3. I am really challenged by this concept of “A Deeper Love.” It implies that there are levels of love to be explored and just as much as love is an action, we have to take action to understand it entirely. I think of love as a tree. Before we can show love (the tree) it has to take root in us (the soil), and, just like a tree, it will take time, energy, determination, and work to make it grow. However, if you put a lot into it, the result will always be beautiful.

    Comment by David Morris | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  4. I’m constantly challenged by something that I heard Mike Kelsey say a long while ago…so simple yet so profound. Love is as love does. It serves as a reminder that I must be an active participant in loving. It’s not enough to say that I love someone if I’m not doing the things that also communicate l ove.

    Comment by Celenia | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  5. this challenged me. I think sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking that the fact that I love someone excuses how I treat them sometimes. It might be a moment of frustration or annoyance (that may or may not have anything to do with them), anger, hurt…from either side, mine or theirs. But the point is, regardless, I need to show them love…and above what I feel I am capable of showing. God’s love..and I should draw on Him when I feel like I have nothing left to give.

    Comment by De | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  6. Thank you for this post. What really reached out to me was the question of can I replace love with my name and it has the same attributes. Love has to be unwavering and not situational.

    Comment by Rafael Frazier | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  7. Great post. It’s pretty awesome to know that there wasn’t an action that Jesus did without it being a reflection of love. Even the simplest things he did for others was done with the intent of showing God’s love. That was the intent and purpose for his life. My thought was, “Wow…that’s not easy at all.” What an amazing scale to weigh or measure your actions…Is the intent of the action Love?

    Comment by Justin Davis | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  8. Yes! “Examine the limitations of your love, to challenge them by God’s word.” It’s easy to look at my actions and say that I’m doing ok, because I might be “loving more” than somebody else I know. But the goal is to love in the way that matches God’s example. The more I look at God’s example of love, the more I see a humanly impossible goal…but at the same time, I’m motivated to show love even more because He did that much for me. Thank you for this Lindsey!

    Comment by Eric, but you may know me as Eazy | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  9. This take away knocked me out! “Examine the limitations of your love, to challenge them by God’s word.” WOW! Great Post!

    Comment by Renee Haskins | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  10. Completely challenged by the statement from your previous blog: “Imagine an instance when your name might be used interchangeably with love. But not only an instance, but throughout time. That those who knew you, knew love. That those who know you, know love.” It caused me to ask the introspective question: Do the people that know Moe (in every area of my life), know love?…I immediately realized that I have work to do. Excellent Post Lindsey!

    Comment by Moe Haskins | February 2, 2012 | Reply

  11. “Be love.”

    A constant struggle yet something worth striving for. Thanks for the great post!!

    Comment by Daryl Omire-Mayor | February 2, 2012 | Reply

  12. Great post!!! What stuck out the most to me was the question of could my name be used interchangeably with love. Saying Gina is love is something I wouldn’t fully agree with right now, but this post has definitely challenged me to love.

    Comment by Gina | February 3, 2012 | Reply


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