Every year I meet with God and open my heart to His word for my life. For 2019 He told me to put on His full armor and F.I.G.H.T. (FAITHing It; God Handle This!) and gave me Ephesians 6:12-18 as a scripture passage to meditate on throughout the year. At the time, I had no clue what that meant and no clue what He would do in my life and heart that would require me to F.I.G.H.T., but I held onto His word and just trusted Him. Last year, God gave me Matthew 5:14-16 and encouraged me to be the light and the salt of the earth. As the year pressed on, I soon saw why He taught me how to F.I.G.H.T. in 2019 because with COVID and depression and despair raging throughout the world in 2020, I needed to be able to FAITH my way through the year, allowing God to handle everything, not just what I could not handle.
This year, God spoke to my heart again and whispered, “love.” You see, many times throughout 2020, God kept leading me back to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a and continued to show me what love really is. He had to be deliberate and intentional in His reminders because I am hardheaded and I tend to miss His subtle clues. So He spoke repeatedly, showing His love to me so that I could show His love to others. I’ll be honest, I missed the mark so many times. Even today as I sit back with hindsight being 20/20, I cringe as I replay the moments when LOVE could have changed the course of events.
As 2020 ended, God told me to make room in my heart for Him and His Son. He guided me to realize the many things that needed to be removed from my heart in order for Him to dwell comfortably. I learned that I had to remove selfishness, stinking thinking, and impatience if He is to feel welcomed in my heart. You see, God is always welcome in my heart, but those negative things are clutter that prohibit God from taking full occupancy and making real change in my heart. Those three things- though not an exhaustive list- are the biggest traits that I exhibit and they are so damning to a heart that is supposed to be for Christ. In His infinite wisdom, God showed me the cure for all of those dis-eases…
Four letters. Two vowels and two consonants. Yet unlimited meanings and forms of expression. In English, we simply have the one word to mean a myriad of things, yet in Greek (one of the languages of the Bible), there are four words that are used to mean love.
Storge– empathy bond
Phili– friend bond
Eros– romantic bond
Agape– unconditional (God) love
Regardless of the meaning, this is the year that God is calling out to my heart and pleading with me to show love in every way. Each day I am continuing to learn what love means and I see now that love involves sharing all that one has. Fortunately for you, as He calls out to me, I will pour out my heart here.
Beloved, it is a new year and high time for us to transition into a new, deeper relationship with God. I hear Him as He extends His loving arm to us, showing us the world before us, and gently whispering, “This is love…”