love is a verb.
verb: the part of language that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most languages. love is a verb. take action. it is not about the feeling. it is about giving yourself to someone because you look at them and recognize their value. it is not up to you to determine that they are valuable; as products of the same Creator who knit you in your mother's womb, everyone is valuable.
how can i put love into action? if my heart longs for quiet truths and a gentle touch, do not the hearts of other women? if i can trust that i am truly loved by God, i can love others without expecting anything in return. i could pour out all i have to offer to meet needs and encourage restoration. i would not fear opening up to my sweet sisters, for a vulnerable spirit weaves together even the most different of souls. i would stop thinking, 'i really like you,' and instead i would say it. it would be quite beautiful, really.
may you find the strength in Christ to love the unlovable: those who reject it - blatantly with their actions or with quiet resistance in their lack thereof. because deep down everyone longs for it, needs it, thrives on it. Christ came to show us the wealth of God's love for sinners - let us be clear reflections in a lost and blurry world.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1
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