Love Well and Be Well

So here’s a challenge for this week- love people.

A while ago a friend gave me a cutting of a beautiful plant from her garden. I planted it in my own, tended it, and waited. After a few weeks the small cutting had grown so much, I was able to propagate pieces in smaller containers to give as gifts to friends and family. One small cutting, with the right care and attention, has provided something of beauty to others.  From a gift given to one, many have also received.

It is imperative we nurture what is life giving. It is so important to tend to the things in us that are alive and growing. In order to be able to give love to others, we have to tend the gardens of our own hearts. We need to weed, water, and shine some light on the innermost parts of us that are struggling. We need to love ourselves enough to get healed. Love your neighbour, as yourself. Love. Tend to your heart. Sit by Him this week, and pray this sincere prayer, “Search me God, know me. Show me what inside me need healing.” Allow His word to wash you. Lean into the guidance of The Holy Spirit as He singles out emotions and tendencies that are inconsistent with truth. With Him are the words of life. Love Him, and be loved by Him.

Loving Jesus is the first and foremost important step in loving well.  Just sit with Him, and love on Him. Often times healing is realised when we pick up our own sick beds and walk away, when we take responsibility and no longer linger on the floor of despondency.

What are you propagating? Lying down, waiting for healing postures us for an ineffective life. If you are haunted by the shame of past regrets, today I want to tell you – YOU ARE SO LOVED. The Father is ever beckoning you closer. Get up, and walk.

ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! Isaiah 60:1

Healing is in Him. Find Him, find life. Though pain is inevitable, you do not have to suffer; suffering is optional. When we heal, we love better. When we heal, we propagate love. Accepting the free Gift of Christ capacitates you to heal, and to cultivate love in order to give freely of what you have received.