Be good friends who love deeply. Romans-12:10
So, what does “Genuine Affection ” mean? at least biblically…it means to love deeply, honor and delight in others. I wondered if I demonstrated this affection to others. So, I decided to self- evaluate by seeking out feedback from a particular friend/co-worker that I knew would respond honestly. I asked her what she thought of my character and nature. She said, “You’re honest, you genuinely care, and love deeply, not just for your family or friends but others too”. And you also wear your heart on your sleeve”. This was something that she very much appreciated. I became emotional thinking about her sweet words, and what they meant to me. Because yes, I love deeply! even if at times it feels as if I should not.
“I wear my heart on my sleeve”
Yet, I started to wonder why it is that I wear my heart on my sleeve? And why it is that I love and care so deeply? especially in those times where others have or continued to hurt me. My daughters are always asking me “Mom, why do you care so much? ” or tell me “who cares what others think”. And truthfully if I were in my 20’s maybe even in my early 30’s I would have probably thought the same and not have given it a second thought. I was selfish, immature, and made poor choices that affected others. If It meant that I was not liked, included or approved of that was ok. But thankfully that is no longer WHO I AM. God has slowly changed my heart, and continues to work in my heart.
On the other hand I have always had this strange sensitivity and emotional connection to friends and strangers. I mean there would be times at stores or out on the street when I came in contact with certain people that my heart would just suddenly become deeply overwhelmed with emotion. As if I felt their entire life come over me, and I too felt their burdens, struggles, and joy. So much that I would immediately tear up uncontrollably, without truly understanding or being able to explain why I felt the way I did. Or there would be times that I would just randomly think of someone and reach out to them just because they came to mind, not knowing that they were going something. But of course God knew, as He always does.
Over the years I have realized that those special moments were and are opportunities that God was giving to me to pray for others. Those tugs at my heart became stronger and I became more courageous in asking if they needed prayer. God was using me in a way that I never thought He would.
And when I think about this world and what it has become, I hurt. Yet, I can’t help to wonder what’s to come for my children, grandchildren, family, and friends. As for me, I desire nothing more than to go home, where I belong with my heavenly father.
“Be good friends who love deeply”
Fast forward to now, the expectations that I have for myself in regards to how I interact, and treat others is based on both my love for God and His word. My family and friendships are very important to me. When I say that you are my friend…it means exactly that, you are my friend and it is for life. You will have me there in the good and bad times. I will be genuine, loving, loyal, supportive, encouraging, and forgiving of you. I will honor and delight in our relationship. All this because that’s who I am now, but most importantly because that’s what Jesus commands of us. I am thankful that God loves me deeply and that He will never leave me!
Romans 12:10- Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
My Sweet Faithful Truths –
Because I deeply love God, and understand who He is. I know that He will continue to show me how to deeply love others the way He already does.
Love & Blessings!