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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Let Love Fix It

Ever feel like someone’s trying to ‘fix’ you?

Or are you one of those talented in the art of ‘fixing’ others?

I spend lots of inside worry-time trying to fix people, myself at the top of the list. I hardly ever do anything about it because the other part of my personality keeps me minding my own business, to a fault really. But I wonder A LOT – what’s the right thing to do in this circumstance – whether it has to do with a personal choice or a rocky relationship or an implied duty… the situations are endless.

Recently during such a worry-time, like a lightning strike from Heaven, the Holy Spirit whispered – let Love fix it.

As revelation should, this phrase expounded every Bible verse I’d ever read, all in a matter of seconds. It explained why I’m like I am, why I perceive people the way I do, why I worry so much about righteousness, and what my purpose really is.

I’ll try to explain a little of what I mean…

Throughout the ages, people have been trying to ‘fix’ others, often according to their own narrow worldview. We can call it ‘convert’ or ‘correct’ or ‘influence’ or ‘help’ or ‘discipline’ or ‘teach a lesson to’ or… well, you get my point.

It’s not that ‘fixing’ isn’t necessary. According to God’s Word, we’re all broken – we’ve all fallen short of His perfect design, and therefore must be ‘fixed’ before meeting His standards of holiness.

I don’t know about you, but when someone else attempts to ‘fix’ me when I am behaving less than holy, I react like sweaty jeans on sensitive skin – it rubs me the wrong way – which tends to turn my ears deaf to their suggestions or commands.

Why is that?

Because anything done without LOVE falls short.

God spends His whole Word trying to tell us this. That though we are broken, fixing won’t work without love.

He demonstrates it to us through proclamations like John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…

He explains how it works in us toward or fellow man through statements like 1 Cor. 13 - If I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing… the greatest of these is Love…

I couldn’t begin to list the hundreds of other times ‘love’ is mentioned in the Bible.

It seems backward to us because our society is so performance based. Fickle, in other words. We don’t feel worthy of anything, least of all love, until we fix what everyone else, even ourselves, feels is wrong with us. Thing is, nothing short of love fixes any problem we have.

The absolute freaking amazing thing is that Love itself fixes every problem we could ever encounter. How? Because God is Love. (1 Jn 4:8)

So… it’s not fix it then love it. It’s not love it but don’t fix it. It’s not even love it then fix it.

It’s let Love fix it. That works every time!

I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day – but more than that, I hope you celebrate every day this amazing gift of LOVE the Creator of the Universe has bestowed upon us by living it out.

(photo by photobucket.com)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW!

Chelsea said...

Love this :)