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Out of everything we carry, love is the hardest to balance because it involves every aspect of our being.
We were created to love! We were created to love God and one another deeply. We are even meant to love our enemies and those who hurt us. But we need to love in balance.
We say “I love you” or “I love…” almost every day. We reveal our attachment to people and things by expressing how much we love them whether it be spouses, children, pizza, cars, houses, pets, shoes, purses or the other million things around us. We are humans; we love to love and be attached to things—and it’s not wrong to love or to have possessions—but if we’re not careful, those things can attach to us in a way that binds us up.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 1:15-16
The things from this world need to be balanced. The possessions that we have can be used to further the kingdom of God instead of furthering our own “status” here on Earth.
Think about it this way… We all like money and need it to survive, but when that “like” turns into “love” we lose our footing. Matthew 6:24 says we cannot serve both God and money. The love of money often catches us dancing on a fine line between motivation to promote God or ourselves.
Then there is the love of power. People throughout history who have fallen to the love of power have done some pretty horrific things in order to obtain it. Power belongs to one person: God, who is all-powerful in every way. When we disengage with that truth, we seek to fill that power spot on our own.
The question to ask yourself is, “Is there anything or anyone I love more than I love God?”
If the answer is yes, then your love is off balance and it’s time to recalibrate! Love God first, and all else will line up. Look to God for how to love and how to make love resound in your life the right way.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3:16-18
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