“The Wrestlings” Discussion {Chapter 6: Lessons in Love}

What is your constant, earnest prayer? Mine has always been and continues to be my need for the Holy Spirit to continue working in me. I know that without Him moving mightily in my life, I will remain to be unfruitful. Barren. This was what I emphasized at the last part of chapter 6 of my ebook The Wrestlings Along the Narrow Path.

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When we encounter all kinds of challenges and struggles in the subjects of love, patience, gentleness, meekness, pride, anger, jealousies and envyings, competitions and comparisons, and any other emotions that humans are vulnerable to – we must remember that we have hope and strength in the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in and through us. When He dwells inside us un-grieved and unhindered, we will bear His fruit.

I long to have a love that is higher than all ugly and unprofitable human emotions and stuff that may hound me. A love that tramples all subtle workings of the devil. But I know that I struggle in this spiritual battle. I don’t see myself surging forward fearlessly and boldly, conquering and shouting victoriously. I see myself more as a bleeding soldier, sometimes weary, confused, but still, trying to advance closer to victory, even if that means I’m crawling, weeping, and needing so much help.

Thus, I see myself in my spiritual journey of love. I’ve had some triumphs. And I only have the amazing grace of God to thank for!

If we are honest enough, we know that we have practiced pure love (unadulterated, unmarred by selfish motives and impure intentions)  inconsistently. There are struggles. Unless the Holy Spirit moves mightily in our hearts, we cannot change ourselves. We cannot be fruitful in love. But even as we implore Him and desire and pursue that greatest gift – love – and patiently wait ’til it is perfected in us, there will be failures, discouragements, disappointments. But these should not be reasons to beat ourselves up and even to resent and reject ourselves. If we still have self-cruelty just because we are still weak, then we have not yet fully accepted, understood and experienced the complete love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For though we feel that we don’t deserve to be loved completely and unconditionally, though we may believe deep in our hearts that we are truly hardly lovable because of how our hearts operate – we must know that there is One who has complete knowledge of us, yet, loves us constantly, unchangingly, totally.

Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (1 Cor. 13: 9, 10, 12 NLT, emphasis added)

These three that remain – faith, hope, love – we have received only from Him. There will come a day when they will be fully realized in our lives. In the meantime, we choose to dwell in love, to dwell in God, for God is love. For this is our strength and guiding light:

16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.. (1 John 4:16 NLT)

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The Wrestlings Discussion Series:

The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 1: Eyes of Envy}
The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 2: Envy, Competition, and Covetousness}
The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 3: Heart of Covetousness}
The Wrestlings Discussion {Chapter 4: Jealousy}
The Wrestlings Along the Narrow Path {Chapter 5: Eyes on Jesus}

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Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Joanne Viola says:

    This is the 2nd time I have been your neighbor at Titus 2 Tuesday & truly have been blessed. I love the line, “I long to have a love that is higher than all ugly and unprofitable human emotions and stuff that may hound me.” Yes! May God fill our hearts with a higher love than what we are capable of in ourselves. Thank you so much for sharing! Blessings!!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Joanne, it’s always a great comfort and encouragement to read your comments here laced with true warmth and wisdom. May the Lord move mightily in all of our hearts! Blessings!

  2. So glad we were neighbors at Laura’s this week. I pray, too, for more and more of the Holy Spirit and for a heart that senses His nudge and guiding. Sometimes I can see the way that prayer’s being answered and other times I catch myself just plowing through the day not even paying attention to the Spirit within me. Thanks for the words of encouragement here.

    • RinaPeru says:

      That happens to me, too, Alicia: too focused on my surroundings I forget that I can wield the Holy Spirit power to make me triumph. We all need these reminders! Blessings!

  3. laura says:

    “…trying to advance closer to victory, even if that means I’m crawling, weeping, and needing so much help.”

    Isn’t this how I feel so often? But, yes. It’s not up to me, is it? Praying the Spirit will mover powerfully so that we will know the love that surpasses all understanding.

    • RinaPeru says:

      We are dependent on our Helper, Laura. He was given to help and strengthen us with the Truth and empower us.

  4. I am SO glad that the Spirit DOES change us, when we allow Him to. And that we do NOT have to live in the pit where we used to, but can be raised up to newness of life – regardless of our physical circumstance.

    May the Lord reach and encourage many hearts through your wonderful ministry of hope in the midst of trials! Love you, sister!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for your love and prayers, Kate, as always. Your wise words also contribute much. Blessings to you!

  5. This rings true to my heart today: “If we still have self-cruelty just because we are still weak, then we have not yet fully accepted, understood and experienced the complete love of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Understanding God’s immovable love is so hard for me to wrap my head around. And getting caught up in my own short-comings is a hard stumbling block to overcome. But what a mighty peace to experience when I get those small glimpses of just how deep, vast, and unfailing His love really is for me!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Ashley
    gracetogrow.blogspot.com

    • RinaPeru says:

      Sometimes that happens to me, too, Ashley. But just this morning when I was worshiping the Lord, He gave me wisdom to look at the things in my life, how He has been answering my earnest prayers and more, that these all prove His unfailing love to me. And it is true with you, too.

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