"... being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians. 1:16)
Can you really imagine faithfully and lovingly abiding with someone who is often unlovable, miserable, whiny, and mean? Somehow the phrase "kick 'em to the curb" comes immediately to mind, exposing the scads of redemptive work still necessary in the humble heart of this daughter of God! Just being real with you.
THANKFULLY... God is that Faithful and Loving. That's why HE is God and we are not. He sticks closer than a brother and hangs in there with us, no matter what. As long as we cooperate with Him, He carries out the full details of His marvelous plan for our lives with no default. It is only we who ultimately block the perfect plans of Yahweh for our lives, friends - that's actually a bittersweet truth, because it means we can actually fatally hinder and derail our life plan through disobedience, or help it along through obedience. The choice is ours, because God's part of the covenant is sure; only we can mess it up!
The same God Who loves us with perfect, persevering love also asks us to love others the same way, fulfilling His Divine plan for our part in their lives. Can you love the "unlovable" as God has loved you? By God's power, YES, you can! The true question, friends, is WILL you - and only you can answer it before the Lord. Let's pray...
Thank You, Lord God, for Your unyielding faithfulness and love on our behalf. Please fix our hearts, minds, and emotions like flint towards Your purpose, plan, and design in our lives, that we will take on Your Faithfulness through obedient hearts and Your Wisdom through increased understanding by Holy Spirit's power. Please enable us to love the unlovable, just as You, in Your mercy, have loved us. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
(Originally published May 29, 2013)