We were all made to be stars. Some of us have been put into places of “stardom” we cannot sustain. There is only one sun and no human has the power of the sun. People were not made to be the center of anyone’s world.
I was listening to a sermon today. The preacher said, “You are to love the Lord your God with all your soul, with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength. You are to love your neighbor as yourself. You can tell a lot about a person by the way that they treat their neighbor. Are you hiding from people? We were made to serve. You must serve. If you are not there is problem! God made us to be servants.”
I appreciate this man’s view but then my heart hurts because of how many people will take this face value teaching and try to make themselves do what they are “supposed” to do without healing coming to them.
There is a book called “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud. The thing is love has boundaries. Yes, it is patient, it is kind, it not jealous, it does not envy, it keeps no record of wrongs, it always endures, always hopes, always… Yes! All of those things and the ones I didn’t list but it also has boundaries.
Jesus has boundaries with us. He says what he likes and what he doesn’t like. It is not love to lay everything down for another human being in the literal sense because that is not love. We love our own selves by telling ourselves no.
I appreciate the face value teachings but they are hurting a lot of hearts including my own.
Go deeper! For the Love of God go deeper.
How about those people who spend a lot of their life alone? I prefer it for now. Why? Because I am still learning boundaries and I am quite frankly afraid to be used and controlled. That is not wrong of me. I do wish and want to bring down walls but not just anyone should be allowed into my heart. Jesus didn’t even do that! Read John 2:24 baby! Some people are meant to be your ministry and yes you love them and yes you serve them. Some people are Judas and we stay sharp and aware of them as we love them and still others are like Peter.
Love does not mean to give it all away. But then again there are places in scripture where it does appear so and thus again context is important and digging deeper is important.
Read this ancient book with care…