Many people know that when you bring oil and vinegar together in one container, they won’t mix. Not only will they not mix, but the oil will begin to float to the top. Have you ever had someone that you just didn’t get along with? No matter how much you tried, they could blink and you find yourself annoyed. Personality clashes are nothing new to our society. They exist in the work environment, in our homes, schools, churches, etc. On a daily basis, we can encounter people we feel are difficult to love. When it comes to oil and vinegar, we find the only thing that can cause them to mix is an emulsifier. It is the agent that contains special compounds that wrap around the molecules in oil and causes them to bond with the water molecules in vinegar. For example, soap and egg yolk are both well-known emulsifiers. These are both outside agents that are used to bring two very different substances together. If you were to sit and wait for vinegar to produce emulsifier-like qualities on it’s own, you will never see it. If you were to sit and wait for oil to produce emulsifying-like qualities on it’s own, you will never see it. It’s not part of their nature to accomplish this end result. Likewise, if you are trying to produce the ability to love your annoying neighbor on your own, you’re going to get frustrated very fast! It’s not in your own ability to do that. You need an outside Agent. God’s love is the great emulsifying agent we use when our love walk is being challenged. On our own, our love is weak, short-tempered, conditional, and pitiful. God’s love is strong and tough like glue. His love can bring two very different people together that wouldn’t normally get along. When God’s love gets to working in your heart, over time, you will find yourself loving like God loves. How does He love? Well, He loves us despite our flaws. He loves us even when we mess up. He loves us when we are having a bad day. He loves us even when we forget to pray. There’s nothing that can make Him stop loving us the way He does. It is this kind of unconditional love that is poured out into our hearts when we accept Him into our lives. God’s amazing love working in your heart can cause you to get to know someone before judging them. God’s love can cause you to not be so easily agitated with people, but rather merciful. God’s love in your heart can cause you to be understanding, rather than annoyed. Let Him show you how to how to love that way.
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 (NLT)
I want to love the way You love. On my own, my love is pitiful. Thank You for pouring Your love into my heart. I realize I can’t give away what I don’t have. If I don’t fill my cup and receive Your great love for me, I won’t be able to give it away to anyone else. So show me Your amazing love for me today, so I can be more merciful and compassionate towards those who really could use Your love, just like me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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