The Love Factor – Treasure Tuesdays

The Love Factor - Treasure Tuesdays

The richest gift you can give someone is love. Love is a verb, not an adjective. It Acts! Mercy Covers! Compassion NEVER FAILS!

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:18-19 NJKV

When God decided to display His love for us, He went to the cross and died for our sins. Through His work on the cross, we can come behind the veil and receive the mercy and grace of the Father firsthand. We can be in communion with Him and experience an intimacy with Jesus that we can’t experience any other way. If we allow it, His love will drive out every fear and make us whole. We can live vibrantly in His unconditional love.

NO Expectations:

Likewise, when we embrace people with no expectations, we give them a gift the world doesn’t provide. When the world gives love, it requires something in return. When Believers truly believe that our every need is met in Jesus, then we don’t expect something in return. Our needs are not met through the approval of others, which empowers us to express compassion to the difficult and hard to be around. We can be kind to those that aren’t kind to us in return. We can express ourselves FREELY! If your love tank is empty, consider the tips provided in this blog: A Love Embrace. I recently revisited these tips after a difficult gathering that put me to the test. I am not saying this is easy but it is freedom.

It is mind-boggling the number of people that are afraid to be their authentic selves because of what others will think. The fear of rejection keeps people stuck in places that will not allow them to fully express their God-given personalities. The fear of inadequacy, lack, unknown, and failure disappears in the face of the Father’s deep unconditional love for us. Fear causes us to self-sabotage, and the antidote to fear is LOVE.

Perfectly Loving the Imperfect:

Learning to accept people just as they are, is the most significant and richest gift you will ever give. Extending mercy to people through their mistakes, poor judgment calls, and major blunders will open up the door to deep communication. Embracing people just as they present themselves to be will allow you an opportunity to influence them to be the best version of themselves.

Understand that loving someone through their mistakes doesn’t mean you allow toxic and abusive behavior. Healthy boundaries are required to have deep relationships. Jesus examples this throughout His walk on earth. An excellent book on healthy boundaries is Dr. Heny Cloud’s book Boundaries.

Maybe the road you need to find in that problematic relationship is not the road to being right but the road to giving mercy.

I challenge you this week to give the RICH GIFT OF LOVE to someone that deserves it the least. You will fill their souls and their hearts with something the world can’t give! A true picture of love.

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