“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father…” Matt 5:44-45
Every day I wake up with the intention to follow the way of the Lord, the road of love. At times, this can be easier said than done. The road of the Lord is an inclusive love which suffers all things. Yet how do I continue to follow this path of love when love, respect, and appreciation are often not returned? These are thoughts that seem to carry over into various aspects of my life. Why is it so hard to rid myself of them once and for all? It seems to be a constant struggle.
I asked God these very questions. The answer which came asked me, “Is My love not enough for you? Do you seek to please others more than to please Me? Stop desiring something in return. My love is sufficient for you. Rest in Me and be blessed all the days of your life.”
As I go through this Lenten experience, I will keep God’s response and promise infused in my heart and mind. If I drift back to old ways or thoughts, they are there to comfort and bring me back to the way of the Lord, the road of love, which is full of blessings. They will help me remember it’s not about me. It’s about the glory of God and the furtherance of His kingdom.
What obstacles do I encounter on my road of love? Have I given these obstacles to God?
Have I allowed His answer to penetrate my existence and bless me?
All that is, is His, and He is all that is.
Reflected by Ruth Clarke Ragin