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how to love beyond your means

Last week, I asked a few of my friends and family to send me a good morning prayer, so I could start out each day on a good note.

I got a lot of great responses (and some friends are still searching!) but this was one of the best.

Below is a quick prayer and exercise my father sent me a couple of days ago from pastor Max Lucado’s Just Like Jesus: Learning to Have a Heart Like His.

It’s something I will do my best to say every day, especially when I need to be reminded of just who it is that the great I AM says I am.

Here is the prayer: you simply take Paul’s familiar benediction of the greatest of the spiritual gifts…

Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  Love does not demand its own way.  Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.  It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always helpful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)

…and replace the word “love” with your name.

That’s it.  It’s really simple.

Put your name in the blank spaces of the verses and say them out loud.

_______ is patient and kind.  _______ is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  _______ does not demand its own way.  _______ is not irritable, and she keeps no record of when she has been wronged.  _______ is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  _______ never gives up, never loses faith, she is always helpful, and endures through every circumstance.

Lucado writes “each time you find yourself saying something incongruent with who you actually are, ask God to transform you into a loving person.  Thank God for all the practical ways that He has practiced His kind of love in your life, citing examples for each characteristic.”

What a beautiful picture of the person who God says you already are.

So say this prayer with me every day if you want to.  It’s so refreshing to catch such a clear vision of the beautiful person God desires each of us to become.

Saying this prayer is hearing God remind me of who it is that He made me to be.

So who am I in Christ Jesus?

I am not an angel or a demon.

I am not a “good” or a “bad” person in any conventional sense of the words.

I am a broken recipient of grace.

Above all else, I am a child of God.

And so are you.

You are a beloved creature made for great patience, reckless charity, and crazy love.

That’s who you are.

The son or daughter of the King, created by, intended for, and bound to infinite love.

This is a promise God has made to every one of us – you were made to love beyond your means.

Anyhow, that’s the prayer and it’s a good place to start.

So say it, pray it, share it, print it out and write your name in the blanks and stick it on your fridge, and ask God to continue to teach you how to love the people who just really piss you off sometimes.

Love,

aRR

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened…your Father in heaven [will] give good gifts to those who ask him!”

– Jesus of Nazareth

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Bryant Kuramitsu #

    Hey handsome, nice….thank you Lord….just a few corrections in the love statement. you left a few she words in there….lol love ya

    January 21, 2013
    • I used the feminine pronoun “she” here because I feel like most of my readers are women (and also why not), but feel free to substitute it with whatever pronoun best suits your mood!

      Print it out and write your or my sisters’ names in the blank spaces and put it up on their wall 🙂

      January 21, 2013
  2. I love it I’m going to start doing this as well, WHAT A GREAT IDEA. I need to reblog this!!!!

    January 25, 2013
    • wow, thank you Shazza! I really appreciate it. It’s been kind of a rough day, this made me feel a lot better 🙂

      January 25, 2013
      • I’m glad I will pray for you to have a better one tomorrow! Blessings…:)

        Shazza

        January 25, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on Musings&Rants and commented:
    Brilliant!!!!

    January 25, 2013

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