I remember my mum one morning asking me if I could buy some bath soap for the house on my way back from work.
I groaned thinking to myself didn’t she know I had a plan for the morning. The plan was to finish work on time, head to the gym and then come home promptly. Shopping was not in the equation but I reluctantly agreed and the funny thing was that it didn’t take that long at all. Love isn’t always convenient or our first choice, it isn’t easy. I’ve said in many articles before that love is a choice; you wilfully decide to carry it out. At times we don’t love because it wasn’t in our agenda or plan. However the bible says “We may make our plans, but God has the last word.” ?Proverbs? ?16?:?1? (Good News Translation). Truly God has the final say.??
Another reason why it seems in our minds less convenient to love is when we are being victimised or hated. It causes us to ask inward questions like “Why should we love?” and “What is the point?” Let’s look at Acts 7:60 “He knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord! Do not remember this sin against them!” He said this and died.” (Good News Translation). Stephen in this passage was being stoned, and in his final moments he could have cried out for vengeance but love overruled, he asked God not to remember their sin. He was full of compassion – wow what an example! It was not easy and it would not have been possible if not for the helping hand of the Holy Spirit.
I’m reminded again of the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). I can relate with the Levi and priest and I’m sure we all can. Life can be so busy at times and we are so embroiled in our schedules that there just isn’t time to stretch out that hand of love to another person. I’m sure the Levi and priest where rushing off to get to the temple, perhaps they were running late. This is all true but it’s important for us to be sensitive and ask God each day to direct our paths.
In the gospels at times Jesus would be heading for a particular destination and His plans would change and it would appear like He was being side-tracked, but little did we know that it was all orchestrated by God because it was His plan. A great example was in Matthew 14:13-21, Jesus went to a deserted place by Himself and a multitude of people followed. He could have sent the people away but instead He healed the people and provided food for over five thousand. There are also many other accounts where love did not seem convenient – Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice, Jonah and Nineveh.
At times love isn’t convenient. It isn’t in the plan, but we need to pray for wisdom and understanding and that our will, will be to do the will of God.
Love is a sacrifice!