Midweek Push: Love Without Limits

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

You’re in my personal space. Have you heard that before? What does that mean? It means someone is too close or has violated the limits. We’re exposed to restrictions every single day, from fenced in backyards so the dog won’t disturb the neighbor’s garden, to controlled speeds on the highway; even something so small as volume on our music players. Furthermore, no one dares raise their voice in the library, because we’re all encouraged to use our inside voices.

In some regards, limits are necessary to help avoid danger or chaos. Can you imagine everyone driving whatever speed they want on the highway? What if everyone began singing his or her own songs in a church setting instead of following along one song at a time?

However, there is one thing that doesn’t require a limit; that is Love. We live in a society where the word love is tossed around vicariously. For instance, “I love you if…” “I love my car…” or “I don’t love you anymore.” With those thoughts in mind, this PUSH is talking about Love, not lust.

For God it didn’t matter what state we were in, He still loved us enough to send Jesus (Romans 5:8). There were no conditions. He didn’t say, “I’ll love you if…” or “I’ll send Jesus if...” The bible says, for God so loved the world He gave it all; no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it!

So what about us? How do we show love without limits?

You may be tired from your 9-5, but limitless love will call that friend that needs comfort after a bad breakup. Love without limits won’t complain about visiting the sick even though your car is almost on empty. It is not about self. Loving without limits steps out of the comfort zones. It gives willingly without sighing or whining. That is love.

Just look at God:

♥ He sent His Son even though we were sinners
♥ He forgives us everyday even though we mess up
♥ He loves us even though we struggle with loving others

Think of how many times you get mad at your little one for spilling something; or how your boss hurt your feelings months ago; or when your husband left the toilet seat up or left his shoes in the middle of the floor again. That child doesn’t know better, so love them anyway, forgive your boss and move on, and next time look before you sit down and serve your husband by picking up the shoes instead of fussing.

It’s all about being the hands and feet of Christ, loving without limits, and being the sacrifice.

*photo retrieved from Google*

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  1. God's love ~ this is a powerful message. We all should remind ourselves daily to show others the love that God shows us. Love for others shouldn't be a sacifice but a privilege, an extension of God's love for us...

    1. Mary, that is so true. What a way to look at love, as a privilege! Thank you for sharing that thought with us. God sacrificed His all so that we could live, and not just live, but more abundantly! Thank you God and thank you Mary for sharing with us today!


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