Hope: we can never have too much of it. Even if it means falling into a discouragement pit, it’s still worthwhile to carry hope.
Love: we can never fully understand it. But God is continuously teaching us who, where, what, why, which and how to love. Daily. Because God is love. Loving is His nature. Being loved is His desire.
I came across a poem by a devout Christian, Christina Rossetti. I was wondering how is it possible to love God and love a man, at the same time. I’ve had a mentality set for my future relationship, that it won’t be a balance. I want to be in a relationship where i love God more than my husband, and I want a husband who loves God more than me.
Her poem, Monna Innominata, is an intensely written expression of her love for God and her lover, which warms the thinking bulb of mine and lots of thoughts ran through:
Overflowing: The way God loves is way too much for us to emulate and pour onto another man.
Giving: Our love for a person is often confused with many things in today’s world.
Letting: Letting it be. Respecting and putting Him, Him and him before self.
He loves us even though we have sinned. Umpteen times we have sinned, yet He takes us in regardless and forgives, and loves us over and over again. He stands true to His word even at our wandering. It is so overwhelming His love, and only right that we love Him more than anything in the world. Our love for our families, friends or lover can never be compared to His love for us, our families, friends and lovers.
Giving is God’s priority. He gives us an ever full attention, love and concern. He thinks for us. In relationships today, we give less, wanting to receive more and desiring the wrong things. That’s where the wavy line between love and lust lies. God’s love is agape. An unselfish outgoing concern for others, and loving someone more than your own life. Simply put, its 100% you, 0% me.
The end of the line lies lust, a sin constantly highlighted in the Bible. The desire to have what not to have. It is something which is prevalent in us humans. We desire materialistic items, desire someone else’s possessions, desire to be with a certain someone, all in the name of our selfish desire to pleasure ourselves. Simply put, its 0% you, 100% me.
Many say, to love is to let go. It is true to a certain extent. God lets us make our own decisions. We are free moral beings who know right from wrong. We know deep down the right way to go, but constantly fight an inner war with our desires before taking the right actions. God’s way of love is to really put others before Himself, knowing what’s the best and only wanting the best for thee. And this, I wanna learn. I know deep down what is the best for him, and I should do just that. To sum it up, a quote from The Greatest Irony of Love expresses it well “Loving someone means giving them the freedom, whom they choose to be and where they choose to go. Loving someone means giving them the freedom to find their way, whether it leads towards you or away from you.”
Thats what cooks up my entry title, The Love Pie: 100% for God, 20% for him. I’ve decided, it can’t be 50/50.
Well, love is a troublesome thing.