If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 1 Peter 4:15-16 (NIV) Peter gives an important...
He [God] knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:14
Love sometimes loses strength because of the deficiencies in another person’s behavior or character that become increasingly difficult to live with over time.
A recent web article listed some of the top complaints that wives have against husbands and that husbands have against wives. The lists are not at all surprising. Here are the top three:
- He doesn’t communicate
- He’s too demanding
- He’s no help
How would it be for you, if God’s love ebbed and flowed according to the quality of your prayer life? How would it be for you if God’s love was tied to the contentment of your spirit, and the thankfulness of your heart? How would it be for you if God’s love increased or diminished according to the degree of your usefulness in carrying out his mission in the world?
“He doesn’t communicate! He’s too demanding! He’s no help!” Thank God that Christ’s love does not depend on your performance in the Christian life! Christ loved us while we were still sinners, and he loves us now, in spite of all of our deficiencies.
That’s why Christ’s love for Thomas didn’t stop, even when Thomas’ faith was riddled with all kinds of doubts and questions. Aren’t you glad that Christ’s love is stronger than the weakness of our faith, and that it doesn’t rest on our performance in the Christian life?
What deficiency do you fear might be hindering God’s love for you? Would you bring that fear to the Lord today and bury it?