“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us…” Phil 5:2
Is it just me or do you also find it hard at times to live a life described as being filled with love? I acknowledge that there are times I just do not feel very loving….times when I am running on lack of sleep, being over committed or feeling under appreciated and stressed out. Those times, I admit, loving is not the word I would choose to describe myself.
And it is in those times that I find it the hardest to minister to our street friends. I find it difficult to concentrate when I am listening to the same story for what seems like the 100th time. Or when I feel like I’ve heard it all before and I feel myself slipping into a sense of hopelessness about it all.
It is during those times that I am acutely aware that I need to dig deep or more correctly….get on my knees and look up. God’s word tells us to follow the example of Christ who loved us. I am pretty sure that I have personally tried Christ’s patience through the years! How many times have I come to Him with all my baggage, crying out to Him for the 100th time for help for the same struggles . But does the Lord ever give up on me or feel hopeless about my situation? I hope not!
I’m glad I don’t need to meet some standard in order to receive Christ’s grace and love.