Love That Changes Me

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I’m just finishing up Galatians this morning. I was reading in the New Living Translation and verses 7-10 stood out to me: 

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. We all get tired, right? Or maybe it’s just me. I have found myself weary at doing the right thing all the time, thinking of others over myself, encouraging, building up others. Sometimes we don’t see any results when we pray, but we don’t stop praying, do we? God has been showing me lately that regardless of how may times I plant corn, I will not reap peas, I get what I plant.  Then why do we insist that God give us what we haven’t planted? I see this so much in the area of finances which affects all of us all the time. If you’re generous with your money, giving to the Lord what is his and adding to it, he in turn is generous with us.  We are limited to our paychecks, God has a limitless and vast supply, wouldn’t it just make sense to get on His system of return rather than our own?

Lets touch on another matter; love. How we love others actually says how much we love God because He is love and commands us to love one another.  Have you ever been touched by love? I’m not talking sexual love, I’m talking Gods agape love. The unconditional, covering and completely selfless love of God.  I have experienced that kind of love, a love so selfless and complete that it left me weeping.

Her name is Amy which means, beloved. Amy is what I call a reflection of the Father. She’s always got a word in due season, whatever you’re in need of if she has it in her power to give it, she does. She always said her gift was hospitality but it is so much more than that. She has the ability to always see the best in me, encouraging me when I’m down, agreeing in prayer with me over my children, my husband, my body. Regardless of what I say to her, she’s never critical or judgmental. She is a gift in every sense of the word.  She could be going through the darkest day in her life and you’d never know it because she hunts for the sun in others.

Yesterday I happened on a verse from II Corinthians 3:18, “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” The amazing thing about this verse is that we never see the glory in ourselves.  When we become full of the Lord, others can see what we cannot. Thats what I see in Amy. Her veil has been removed so that I see the glory of God in her. It’s not her, it’s God in her. Something happens when we give God access to our stuff, he changes it, like a caterpillar hides in a cocoon until it changes and becomes a beautiful butterfly, so God changes us into His image, the image of his love.

Father, it’s my sinful nature to be cynical, rude and hurtful but you are chaning all that. As I hide myself in you, change me into a gentle and peaceable spirit, one that reflects the glory of your goodness.  May others be changed by knowing me as I am changed knowing you and sisters who reflect you to me. I am humbled that you’ve given me such a friend and I will treasure her and all the friends you’ve placed in my life as you treasure me.

 
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