Just Love – Avoid Presumptions or Expectations
Have you ever been really disappointed?
If you’ve ever presumed that things should go your way, you know the disappointment of unrealized expectations! Unfortunately, the holidays can magnify those feelings. Presumptions can damage relationships and open the door to life-destroying frustrations and temptations. This is especially true if we have unrealistic expectations of what, when, or how God will provide. Presuming He’ll bail you out of a financial crisis or meet your lifestyle needs proves you’re likely more interested in possessions than your relationship with him. A sure way to avoid this mistake is to practice the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) This prevents demanding or expecting things of God or others. Love turns our attitude from getting my needs met, to how can we best serve others.
In a letter to the Galatians, Paul said, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself…If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh… And, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 15:13-16, 22-23)
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