Let your actions be motivated by love

Can I share a secret with you? It’s a dirty secret…one I’m pretty ashamed of. But I feel like I need to share it because I have a feeling I’m not the only one who has this secret.

{Deep breath in} Here it is. Here’s my dirty little secret…

Sometimes I want to be really ugly. Say ugly things. Mean things.

Because the truth is, I get tired of the games people play.

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I’m typically quiet by nature. I’ve always been that way. The only time I let my hair down and cut loose is when I’m around people I’m most comfortable with–usually very close friends or family.

But there are times when I’d like to be just as ridiculous as others. I’d like to tell them exactly what I think about the foolish–childish–games they play.

This isn’t Christ-like. I know. I know.

And yet I struggle with this very thing right now.

I’m struggling with being Christ-like in a world that is filled with people who label themselves “Christian” yet do not exude Christ.

It’s just plain wrong.

What’s even worse is when a “Christian” starts pointing their finger at others, telling them all the ways they err, and how they should humble themselves and display Godly love and character, when they themselves aren’t living it.

It’s disheartening. It’s hard. It’s in the middle of this mixed-up mess I’m rediscovering Eucharisteo once again.

See, God is love. And when I step into that Love, I find mercy. Mercy for myself. Mercy for those who look down their noses. Mercy for those who persecute me and others.

In His Love, I am reminded that I am but a sinner saved by His grace. He encourages me to love as He loves. And to forgive and make peace.

So when I begin to feel negatively stirred, I transplant myself back into His love. I remind myself that God is love, and because He is love, I must love. Regardless. I cannot judge. I cannot repay evil for evil.

No matter how hard it might be, I must love. And my actions must be motivated by love.

Not anger. Not spite. Not disdain.

Love.

For further study:

  • Ephesians 2:4
  • Romans 8:39
  • Hebrews 6:10
  • 1 John 4:7-11

Are your actions always motivated by love?

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Comments

  1. This is so relevant.
    Thank you for shedding the light on the dark places that have the power to entrap us in the shame… and for backing it up with scripture.
    I love you!!

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