I’ve had clients who spent YEARS investing a massive amount of resources, time, and love into an adopted child, only to have them throw it all away for a life of drugs, laziness, and jail time. I can’t even begin to describe their pain. The years seem to be wasted. Maybe you have the same experience with someone you have loved? Perhaps you invested one thousand percent into a relationship just to have the person leave you and become immediately involved with someone else.
Nearly all of us have been there and it’s no wonder we feel so hurt that it seems like all the giving of our heart—was wasted.
BUT—the fact is, that REAL love—that is, giving without an expectation of receiving—comes from God. God IS love! (1 John 4:8) When we sacrifice for someone by drawing from the well of God’s love—we are simply giving away from the love we’ve received. Sure, it hurts to be rejected but we still have plenty of love because—we still have God.
When we give away God’s love, we don’t regret what we’ve given away because we always have more than we gave away!
Because Jesus paid the ultimate price for us, God is deeply and personally vested in our life. When we become personally vested in the lives of others, we learn first hand more about how God unconditionally loves our wandering hearts. We see how we trample on His love by our failure to make Him the center of our life. We see how we love our independence more than we love Him. We see how we choose to destroy ourselves with worry, fear, anger, unforgiveness, and any other sin that separates us from Him.
Jesus knew the very real risk of our rejection when He gave His life yet—He chose to love.
This amazing passage in the Bible says,
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
Jesus died to offer us a priceless gift and all the while He KNEW we might reject Him. He did it anyway! He also knew that we might accept it and then—abuse His love after we received His gift. Such incredible love!
When we love people with the love of God and they reject us, we must remember that they are not rejecting us—they are rejecting God—who is love. We have often done the same to Him.
The experience of God’s love helps us love others!
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