I’m not a Nutella fan but I’ve seen many Nutella lovers – young and not so young – begin their day with a nice, thick Nutella sandwich so, this saying provides a strong and memorable picture for me.
Pastor Pete Wilson once said, “The best way to use your time is love.” Such a simple and powerful thought but so difficult to live out.
We get in our own way, don’t we?
We’re not so good at unconditional, sacrificial and non-judgmental love. We perform “love” and dutifully “love” and pretentiously “love” and dysfunctionally “love” at best but there’s always a limit or an end to it all. Ultimately, we get tired, disillusioned, disappointed, hurt and/or betrayed – and then comes self-protective “love.” If we are truly honest with ourselves, we would recognize and admit that our futile attempts to love on our own so often result in the questions, “Am I unlovable?” and/or “Can I truly love?” and/or “What is real love?”
Years ago, I learned this definition.
Love is a choice that freely accepts another and seeks his/her highest good.
I have never been able to find the original author of this quote but over the years, I have filtered much of my learning about and practising love through this grid. If I am to spread this kind of love, I know that I can not do it myself – not for long, anyways.
I need God because He’s my only hope to love others well.
This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loves us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also out to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete is us. 1 John 4. 9-12
We can love because of Him. We are to love through Him.
We don’t need to manufacture this thing called love because as Christians, we understand that God is love and that whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4.16b) I fail many times in my efforts to love purely and unselfishly but I am ever mindful of the truth that, “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4.19) This truth settles me.
If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4. 12)
I want to throw kindness around like confetti, speak out when I see beauty and spread love like Nutella. Generous thoughts but simply put, I am not here to judge. I am here to love.
And I need your help, Jesus to do so – every minute of the day.