Love First

So this has been brewing in my head and is 100% something I have been dealing with....and God is bringing to my awareness in myself....

Why when someone attacks me or someone or something that I love, why is my first response to attack back????

Doesn't God teach us:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Matthew 22:36 -40
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

God is beginning to truly work on my heart to Love God and Love People no matter what.  I truly have to admit that some people are easier to love than others but Jesus didn't add a "but" or an "only if " to this commandment.  

I also can say that I can typically love others decently in person but He is working on me loving others well in my heart, in my quiet place....I am learning that if I am not doing this well, then I am opening the door to bitterness and resentment.

I truly want to glorify Him in all things, therefore my goal is to Love First instead of taking an attack personally and to attack back. A good friend of mine, sent this podcast the other day and wow!!!! it is amazing!  Listen when you have time.

It is truly better to seek understanding and compassion and to love first!  I know this, now I need to truly practice it all the time.


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