Today's Thankful Thursday Theme is Love....To me God has set the best example of what LOVE really means. "God is Love", the shortest verse in the Bible. His word also says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish but have every lasting life".
Where would we be today without that magnificent display of affection. I can't imagine giving one of my sons up to die. How painful that must have been. And to think, Jesus did this willingly, He could have stopped the Crucifixion but he sustained all of that abuse on our behalf so that we may live in eternity with Him one day. And, Why? because He LOVES us.
He did this for every human living creature on earth, so when someone irritates you, hurts your feelings, speaks ill of you...we must continue to love them. Jesus still loved those who spit on Him, whipped Him, nailed Him to the cross...He even asked God, His Father to, " forgive them for they know not what they do".
Love is patient, kind, long suffering. Man can this be tough...driving in a 45 mph zone when the slow poke in front of you has all day, all night, all next week and can't seem to find the gas pedal. Being kind to people that are like porcupines.
I want to be like my Heavenly Father and give love freely without expecting anything back, be able to over look when someone hurts my feelings, and even inconvenience myself for the sake of showing love to others.