Genuine Love

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:9-12

Jesus teaches us to treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ and I feel like he has been showing me recently just how much one person’s actions can harm and even have the potential to destroy relationships. I believe that flirting is a result of distrust in our Jesus; it is a rebellion towards God saying, “I think I can do this matching up job better than you can” and that real friendship is an affirmation of God’s love. It’s a joyful acceptance of the control he has over our lives and the love he pours out for us in the blessing of friendship.

“Do you know what friendship is… it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.” – Victor Hugo

I really don’t care what people think about me but it saddens me that genuine love is so seldom seen in guy-girl relationships that when it is out there, it’s unrecognized, misunderstood and labeled as having selfish motives.

“This is the world from which Jesus came to redeem us, to give us faith in his Father’s love so that we do not need to assert ourselves and our innocence and our righteousness, so that we can relax and confess the truth about ourselves, so that we can stop judging ourselves and others, because we know that it doesn’t matter: God loves us anyway, so that we are liberated enough to risk … loving and being loved by others, liberated enough to know that we belong to each other because we belong to God.” – Herbert McCabe

Written 8.17.11

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