Unconditional Love Never Says I Love You BUT


Have you ever thought about it?

Unconditional love does not say, “I love you BUT…”

 

 

Here’s your valuable inspirational thought…

 

“Forgiveness is the core ingredient

to every successful relationship.

So many people carry exceptions

to their offer of love. ‘

I love you, BUT you really hurt my feelings…’

or ‘I love you, BUT I’m too tired/busy/

distracted/annoyed/angry/unhappy

to be nice to you right now.’

True love simply says, ‘I love you!’

No exceptions!

Women seem more prone to carrying grudges

and remembering offenses for days,

and some remain bitter for  years.

Jesus calls us to a higher prize

that requires us to both receive

and give forgiveness.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

 

This made me think of how Jesus offers us unconditional love – yet we so often do NOT extend that same type of love to others. Instead, as Joyce put it, we offer love with conditions or exceptions – “I love you, BUT…”

 

It’s human nature to focus on the negative and allow every little flaw to impede our willingness to offer forgiveness and unconditional love to our spouses, significant others, parents, kids, friends, and other loved ones – yet we deeply desire and expect to receive forgiveness and unconditional love in return!

 

Sure, some people may be “difficult to love” – yet God didn’t give us an “escape clause” by saying “Love others as I have loved you – EXCEPT for that guy or this woman with the ‘difficult’ personality!”

 

I’m thinking if we all truly followed the example Jesus provided in His selfless life, our marriages would last, our families would stay together, and our friendships would mature – all because we removed the “BUT” and simply learned to say “I love you” and mean it!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Are you able to extend love unconditionally?

 

Do you have someone in your life who extends love to YOU unconditionally, or very close to that ideal?

 


Restore Hope by Casting Off Discouragement and Reviving Your Dreams


Restore your hope by casting off discouragement and reviving your dreams!  I know this is often easier said than done, especially if we really feel like we’re in those pits of despair, and have had a string of bad events happen in our lives, leaving us feeling really hopeLESS instead of hopeFUL.

Yet, we need to just reach out our hands to find God is standing right there, if not actually carrying us through (think of the famous “Footprints” poem), and if we even have faith as tiny as a grain of mustard seed…He will honor our faith, and bring our hopes and dreams to fruition…according to HIS will and wisdom of what’s best for us, and in HIS time!

So onto your hope and inspiration for this first Sunday in December!

“Isn’t it interesting that sometimes

when you ask God for something,

He lets it go so long,

the only thing that can possibly produce

what you asked for, is a miracle?

Why does God do that?

Because He likes to ‘show Himself strong

on behalf of those whose hearts

are blameless toward Him’ (2 Chronicles 16:9).

If something is dead–

a dream, a desire, a want, a need–

it doesn’t matter to God how dead it is.

God can still bring it back to life in His timing

because our God is an awesome God.

Nothing is too hard for Him.

That is why He is never in a hurry

and why it seems as if He often waits

until nothing will work but a miracle.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

 

Obviously this is where patience and trust enter the picture. The more time that goes by, the easier it is to get discouraged and feel hopeless about ever achieving certain goals or seeing dreams fulfilled.

 

I know there have been times when I thought the little flicker of hope was about to go out, and suddenly, out of the blue, the miracle happened!

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Have you given up on any special dreams?

 

Is there still a flicker of hope left to trust God for a miracle? I’ll agree with you in prayer!

 

 

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YOU – Reading This – YOU Are NOT Useless or Hopeless

My dissertation study went into fast forward yesterday, December 3, which is good news for me (into recruitment and data collection stages)… but I didn’t get a chance to publish my blog post. I have been pondering the upcoming Christmas season and how it is often very stressful and even depressing for some people. So I wanted to re-publish an older post with an important message:

YOU, reading this post today: YOU are NOT useless – you are NOT a hopeless case — you ARE loved and you matter. Regardless of what you have done or not done, what your past is like, or where you are today in your life, you should know how special and precious your life is. {{Hugs!!}}

Here is your inspiration for this day…

“God chooses what the world

throws away as useless.

There are no hopeless cases,

no useless people in God’s eyes.

Each of us is His special creation.

We are not accidents;

and if we will give Him the opportunity,

He will restore everything

that has been damaged

and help us be someone

even we can delighted to be.

Ego thrives on competition

and striving to be first,

but what is the point of competition?

What does it get you?

Not contentment. Not joy.

It can’t get you the one thing that matters–

eternal salvation and peace with God.

To get that, you have to forsake ego

and embrace spirit;

and often the ones who have

the easiest time doing this

are not the powerful,

but the meek.

Instead of competition,

spirit thrives on cooperation and love;

because the only true goal

is to know God,

and then to help others,

through love, to do the same.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

I think it is vital for each and every one of us to know how precious we are in the sight of God.

He wouldn’t have provided a way of salvation through the birth, life, suffering, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus if we were NOT precious to Him.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you believe you are precious in God’s eyes?

Will you celebrate YOU and do something enjoyable for yourself today?

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