Sunday, February 3, 2013

Love Can Build a Bridge

Love Can Build a Bridge
by Kim Hawkins

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.  Proverbs 14:1 
Unconditional love is not as easy as it sounds, some people are easier to love than others. We all have at least one person in our lives that are very difficult to love, especially to love unconditionally!
We naturally tend to be selfish with our love. When withholding love for one reason or another, we are expecting that person to earn our love. How can someone earn another’s love? Is it even possible? How much is our responsibility in the matter?
Insult your dog in a happy tone and watch what happens. Her tail will still be wagging, she still trusts you, and she won’t run and hide.
I have been in a dog pound before and saw a dog in a cage that was labeled “Vicious”. It was such a terribly, sad sight because I knew that poor animal had been so hurt much that he couldn’t trust anyone who reached out to him.
I have mentioned my adorable dog, Lulu, before. She is so cute, fun, happy, affectionate and pleasant. Do you think it’s any coincidence that she is loved on, affirmed, and told she is all those things and more by all of us? No, Lulu does not understand English, but what she does understand is our time, attention, affection, tone of our speech, acceptance and so on...
My point is that our happy and joyful dog is a product of her environment which is pure unconditional love and acceptance.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Challenge: Who in your life needs unconditional "Puppy Love" on a continual basis? What does that say about you if you cannot give it?

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