Happy New Year from the EmpowerMoments Team! To allow our team time to enjoy our families, we will be on winter break until February 4, 2013. In the meantime, you will be able to catch up on some of our favorite EmpowerMoments’ series. This week we are featuring our favorite posts from the Love series. Have a blessed week!
I am a huge fan of Jimmy Dean’s pancake and sausage on a stick. When those are in the freezer, I look forward to rising early so I can get my hands on my microwavable gourmet breakfast. It’s a delight to walk down the aisle of the grocery store knowing my destination is the freezer with the red and blue box that packages my morning glory. One day I was at my sister’s house and she removed something that resembled a corn dog. I asked what it was and she replied, “Pancake and sausage on a stick and they are oh so good!” Of course, my heart began to race because I get excited about what the morning brings! The next day I woke up excited! I microwaved two. It was time for morning glory! I smiled, took a bite, and immediately got angry with my sister! I instantly had questions traveling through my mind while trying not to be disappointed. What was she thinking? Why would she encourage someone to eat this? Why is the pancake so doughy? Why does the sausage taste wild? UGHHH….Then I looked in the freezer to see the brand of the unsatisfying product. It was Great Value, not Jimmy Dean! At first I was angry, but then it hit me, “How can I be angry with her? Yes, she would think the generic brand is good if she’s never had the REAL thing!”
Is that some of us? Because we have not experienced REAL love, we settle for generic! REAL love is AGAPE love, which is unconditional. Generic love is based on feelings, brings up your past, is disgusted with your faults, leaves when it can’t have its way, takes advantage of you, doesn’t forgive, is never satisfied, brags all the time, is driven by flesh, never gives, and always takes. However, AGAPE (real) love has no limits and it is the love of God. Unconditional love can be described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. (AMP)
This is the love we ALL need to fill the void in our lives. If we don’t experience this, we will continue to search and look for it in all the wrong places. We look for this void to be filled with generic options like money, power, sex, men, women, careers, alcohol, drugs, and the list continues. It’s AGAPE love that completes us and propels us into purpose. Unfortunately, due to life’s circumstances, many of us have not experienced REAL love. Love from family, relationships, and spouses can impact our perspective of what love truly is. If we experience generic love first, it’s possible not to recognize the love of God when He showers us with it. We must desire His AGAPE love and receive it!
Just like the pancake and sausage on a stick, when it comes to love, the brand Great Value may appear to be of “great value” however it’s nothing like the REAL thing!
I thank You for Your unconditional love! I thank You for Your Son that looked past my faults and said I was worth dying for (THAT’S LOVE!) I thank You that I am able to recognize the difference between real and generic love and I don’t settle for the generic brand. Father, I appreciate You for setting the standard that I can measure the love that I give and receive. Father, because Your Spirit is on the inside of me, I thank you that I am able to love like You so others can be drawn to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to experience REAL love from the Creator; then you will be able to recognize generic love when it’s offered from the creation! Make an effort to fall in love with God by spending time (reading the word and prayer) and getting to know Him so you will be able to receive His AGAPE love. When you know Him, you can trust and love Him. Remember, God’s love is unconditional!
Ms. Rodnisha L. Anderson resides in Chicago, IL and serves as an elder at Life Redeeming Ministries. She works diligently with the Singles and Intercessory ministries. She is married to the Lord and becomes whatever she needs to become to reach the people for the building of God’s kingdom. Rodnisha truly desires to witness successful single women thriving in the kingdom of God. Her favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”