Today is day twenty-nine in the love dare book, love is motivation. Motivation is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Are you motivated to love your spouse today? I don’t know about you but my motivation usually comes from my feelings, and emotions. Do I (FEEL) like doing this or that today?
Emotions are a gift from the Lord, even Jesus had emotions. When his friend Lazarus died he wept.
John 11:33-36 (NIV)
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
We are meant to have emotions and feelings. The problem arises not because we have them but what we do with them. When my emotions are leading me, I overreact. I react without thinking. When I allow my emotions to lead my heart, disaster is always sure to follow. In the Bible the story of Simon Peter clearly shows what happens when our emotions and feelings lead us.
John 18:10-11 (NIV)
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
Seriously? What was he thinking he cut the guys ear off. Wow, what a nut job, right? Ok before you agree with me to much can I say I have acted like Simon Peter. I am ashamed of the way I have acted when I have been angry, or hurt. I have said things and done things without thinking at all. Just swung that sword and cut away with my words and deeply wounded others, not caring in the least bit about the other person.
I remember maybe a year ago or longer, I was giving my daughter a bath. I was sitting next to the tub on the toilet and she started splashing me with water. I told her to stop, but she didn’t. She kept splashing me and soon the floor was wet. I quickly barked at her and in a not nice voice, I scolded her and told her to stop it. Then as quick as I had uttered the words, I was convicted. The Holy Spirit reminded me how it was water, not a big deal. I apologized and asked her for forgiveness. Then I stood up fully clothed in jeans, sweatshirt, and socks and climbed right into the bathtub with her. I remember her little face lit up. She said, “Mommy you can’t get in here you have your clothes on you will get wet.” I said something like,”It’s okay it’s just clothes they will dry, what is more important, is your heart. I love you.” I remember her hugging me and telling me how much she loved me. Minutes later my husband came around the corner and said, “Babe are you okay?” I think at that point, he must have thought I had lost my mind.
The Love dare book says, “And love that is only motivated by favorable conditions can never be assured of sufficient oxygen to keep it breathing.” “Only love that is lifted up as an offering to God– returned to Him in gratitude for all He’s done–is able to sustain itself when all other reasons have lost their ability to energize us.” The book goes on to say, “Love that has God as its primary focus is unlimited in the heights it can attain.”
Time is fleeting; every second counts. Saturday my husband and two of our sons were almost involved in what would’ve been a fatal car accident. Praise God their lives were spared. In the wake of this, I am reminded to not take any of our loved ones for granted. I want to be motivated to love them every moment of the day as if it were the last moment I get to spend with them.
God today help us choose to act instead of react. God show us in the unfavorable conditions how to love others with you as our focus. Help us lead our hearts, help us make our flesh submit to you Jesus. Motivate us with your love, your compassion, your mercy and grace. Lord have your way, fill us up with you. God help us today, motivate us Lord to truly love others in Jesus name amen.
Please watch the video below, I pray it blesses you and motivates you today.