#LoveWalk: The beginning of a new journey

Just a few more days and the month of April will be over. Isn’t that exciting? I guess your answer to that will depend on how you’ve spent the last three months. Remember, if you’re falling behind on your goals, it’s not too late for things to pick up.

Speaking of goals, I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately and it inspired me to set new goals for the year. Throughout this month, I have been listening to messages about faithfulness and being selfless towards others. I also started a Bible study on the fruit of the Spirit and in the devotional I was using, we were asked to measure up ourselves in line with 1 Corinthians 13. My results were not great at all. I realised that my love walk is seriously deficient.

Let’s look at what 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says and how I measured up;

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Long-suffering – I don’t ‘suffer long’ with people. If you offend me or hurt me, I simply move on. It would be like you don’t exist anymore. I hardly give people second chances which is just bad.

Kindness – I am selectively kind; usually when I can be bothered. Although, I must add that I have improved a lot in this area. I am kinder than I was say three years ago.

Envy – Thankfully, I don’t envy anyone. My parents raised me up to be content with what I have and not have ‘longer-throat’ towards other people’s success.

Parade itself or puffed up – I believe I am doing well in this area. If you feel otherwise you can let me know.hehe

Behave rudely/ seek its own – While I am not as rude as I used to be, I am still blunt which comes off as being rude sometimes. Also I am not 100% selfless in the things I do. I’ll say I’m 30% selfless.

Provokes/ thinks no evil…rejoice in the truth – I’m doing good here. To be honest I don’t have time to be thinking evil towards anyone. There are more important things to do with my time.

Bears…believe…hopes…endures all things – This is where I score really low points. I don’t bear all things or endure all things with anyone. When things get rocky in a relationship, I move on. I cannot begin to count how many good friends I have lost because of this.

So you see, there are a lot of areas that I still need to work on. You should assess yourself too using the Scripture above. How did you fare? Much better than me or worse? Whatever the case, there is always room to be better at loving people. Life is much sweeter when you have people who truly care about you and such relationships are nurtured when you show authentic love. I just finished reading ‘Love as a way of life’ by Gary Chapman and he talks about the seven attributes of love and how we can incorporate it in our lives every day. It’s not impossible to genuinely love people

After much reflection and prayer, I have decided to embark on what I call the #LoveWalk. Nothing drastic, I just want to take conscious steps to becoming better when it comes to loving people. I want to get to the point where love flows naturally out of me; whether or not I like the person. I want to endure with people and not move on too quickly. I want to get out of the habit of being indifferent towards people especially when they do things I don’t like.

I know it’s a big goal; something that will take months but I believe if I am deliberate about it every day, I will see results in the coming months and in the coming years, I will be a much better person. And it really ought to be a life time goal because I don’t think anyone is perfect when it comes to love.

So this week, my #LoveWalk begins. I thought about whether or not I should share this journey on my blog. I was reluctant but God showed me how it can spur other people to do the same. So for the benefit of the greater good and for accountability purposes I will add, I am going to share this journey here. Every day, I will share insights of the practical ways we can incorporate love into our lives and by the end of the week, I will do a review of my love walk for that week. It’s a lot so please pray for me; I really need strength from God. The journey will not be a smooth one but it will be a victorious one for me.

If you want to join me in this love walk, let me know so we can encourage one another 🙂

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