Sunday, February 6, 2011

Love Is...Not Self-Seeking

This is a hard one for me. Do you have any idea how many times I say "I want" or "I don't wanna", even if it's just in my head?

Especially yesterday when I'd just taken the umpteenth person to the doctor with yet another round of flu and there was drink spilled all over the kitchen floor and I was holding the bucket while one of my boys was throwing up.

"I don't wanna do this anymore!" "I want to have a germ-free moment!" Those are the things I was thinking. Are those thoughts wrong? I don't think so. I hope not.

The difference comes when we turn our thoughts into actions. These people need me right now. Real love stays and holds the throw up bucket. Real love scrubs the kitchen floor.

Real love doesn't choose self.

Titus 2:11-13 "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." And for the end of flu season.

Here's another great Scripture. "Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God." (Romans 8:5-8) Those are some pretty good reasons for getting my 'want to control' under control.

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