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{Week 9} Live a Life of LOVE

Live a life of LOVE!

I just wanted a few moments of “alone time”….just a few moments to get some things done around the house. As a mom of 3 children 5 and under, finding those moments can be difficult. There is always something else that needs to be cleaned, picked-up or put away…always something or someone else who needs my attention. Such was the case the other day. I was busy. I had a lot on my plate and no time for detours. Ever been there?

I was busy getting ready to “serve” and I didn’t feel I had time to stop, slow down and serve yet another “need” that was wanting my attention. Only when I slowed down and actually looked at who was wanting my attention…..it was my sweet, sensitive Addie. What was her need? She wanted some mommy time. She wanted to sit in my lap and be held and loved on. She wanted me to read and play with her. She needed her cup filled up and she wanted me to be the pitcher. I had a choice. Do I sacrifice my wants, my desires? Do I sacrifice my to-do list, my “can’t get this all done if I stop now” feeling of needing everything to be just in the right place? Do I sacrifice my desire of wanting my house to look perfect?  Or do I choose HER?

What would Jesus do? This week we read Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

How did Christ love? He gave himself up as an offering and sacrifice to God.

I’m learning in life that love and obedience have more to do with my actions than my feelings. Even when I don’t feel like loving…..do it anyway. Even when I don’t feel like obeying….do it anyway. Even if I don’t feel like stopping and meeting a need….do it anyway. Feelings are misleading. They change depending on the day or circumstance…..but God’s truth never does. He calls us to live a life of love.

What does living a life of love look like?

We are called to imitate Christ. Jesus sacrificed his life so we might live. His love for us is the reason he was obedient….even unto death. Loving others well involves loving sacrifice. Sacrificing our wants and desires for the better of others, whether its our husbands, children, family or friends. Living our life in sacrifice and service. If we are to be imitators of Christ, we need to love and sacrifice like he did.

This is not always an easy road to travel. It’s counter to how the world tells us to live. The world tells us to live for ourselves, to please our wants and desires. That “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t no buddy happy.”

Taking this journey will look different for each individual. But our life of love needs to move beyond our feelings of affection for another to self-sacrificing service for another.

If we are to imitate Christ, then we need to serve like Christ. Jesus was a servant leader. He washed dirty, smelly, tired feet as a service to his disciples. He saw a need and he met it. As mothers and wives we are given the same opportunities. How will you be Jesus to your family today?

That day I chose to sacrifice my wants and desires.

I stopped.

I looked.

I held.

I listened.

I hugged and kissed that little girl.

I became a “pitcher” that day and Jesus used me to fill her back up.

To be honest with you……I wouldn’t want my life any other way.

Memory verse: You select it this week! Which verse is most important for you to memorize?

This week read: Ephesians 5:1-20

Digging a little deeper: For those of you who would like to learn more about these verses this week, I’ve provided a few resources below for you to use to help you…….dig a little deeper!

1. John MacArthur

a. Ephesians 5:1-2 Walking in Love
b. Ephesians 5:3-7 Walking in Love pt 2
c. Ephesians 5:8-14 Living in the Light
d. Ephesians 5:15 Walking in Wisdom
e. Ephesians 5:16-17 Walking in Wisdom pt 2
f. Ephesians 5:18 Be Not Drunk with Wine
g. Ephesians 5:18 Be Not Drunk with Wine pt 2
h. Ephesians 5:18 Be Not Drunk with Wine pt 3
i. Ephesians 5:18 Be Filled with the Spirit
j. Ephesians 5:18-19 Be Filled with the Spirit pt 2
k. Ephesians 5:19 Be Filled with the Spirit pt 3

2. John Piper

a. Ephesians 5:3-6 The Enthronement of Desire
b. Ephesians 5:11 Exposing the Dark Word of Abortion
c. Ephesians 5:15-20 Urgency & Gratitude
d. Ephesians 5:17-20 Singing & Making Melody to Lord

Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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Comments

  1. What a cutie your sweet baby is! :)
    The word “fragrant” is jumping out at me tonight when I look at these 2 verses — My loving response should be like a sweet savor that draws you in. So convicting!

  2. I needed this today, Angela, thank you!!! So often I struggle with being the Proverbs 31 woman and being just Mom and just putting it all aside, letting the dust sit, the crumbs on the floor to wait, and the smudges on the window to set to spend precious time with my children. It’s a constant pull for me in both directions and I can’t seem to find a happy medium. This was a great reminder of what really matters!!!

  3. no truer words have been said!! a sweet reminder that i SO needed this morning!

  4. Oh Angela, the beauty of your heart is so evident in this post!! What a sweet challenge this morning, to look for ways to be obedient and loving even when the feelings aren’t there. May I follow Jesus’ example today, and be a humble, sacrificial, generous servant to my family. I can pray that they come to a personal understanding of the gospel, but I’m also called to live that out in front of them.

  5. Thank you Angela! This is a very beautiful, sweet reminder, a perfect start for the week!

  6. Oh Ang! GREAT post! I love the analogy of the pitcher! God really does use us poured out for him!
    Love you,
    Courtney

  7. Thanks for your kind words today…..you all filled me up today! ;)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  8. Love this. Thank you.

  9. Love this! Thank you.

  10. What a sweet girl Addie is! This picture and story reminds me of my 3-year-old daughter and her frequent need of love and hugs. Thank you for the reminder to BE God’s love poured out on my children.

    Blessings!

  11. Nancy Ashley says:

    Loved this!!!

  12. Ann Varlay says:

    Just to let you know, the “Digging Deeper” you have listed for John Piper as “Singing and making Melody in your Hearts” is actually not from Eph 5, but is from Eph 4 and refers to putting on the new person. It is GOOD! But I would definitely like to read the one about Singing and Making Melody in Your Heart as well!

  13. Ann Varlay says:

    Also noted that the last two MacArthur “Digging Deeper” messages come up as “Walking in Wisdom”, not parts 2 and 3 of Being Filled with the Spirit. Just letting you know!

  14. Thanks so much, Ann for letting me know about those links!!!:)

    Love,

    -Angela

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