Love is not fear she says in her text. I know this already. Yet, it is still convicting. (1 John 4:18)
I repeat what love is NOT often. This is how I learn. I have to know the opposite.
Love is not fear. Love is not hate. Love is not envy. Love is not boastful. Love is not greedy or self seeking. Love is not a bunch of worthless words. Love is not proud. Love is not angry. Love is not rude or slanderous. Love is not holding grudges or being bitter. Love sets us free, it does not enslave. Love is not malicious. Love is not manipulative.
These lessons in love have not come easy. I have made more mistakes then I have done right. I have wrote words I am not proud of. I have caused dissension and anger that some may never forgive. I have passed judgment. I have manipulated situations to work for my better. Always proud.
That is until Jesus crushed my heart. Opened my eyes and whispered to my soul.
Love right now is teaching me hard lessons. Pushing me to do hard things. To stretch. I am opening my gate a little more often and letting more in. It’s making my soul sore.
The absence of fear allows LOVE to be possible. Today I will be BRAVE leaning fully on the Spirit