In this season of “love,” it is easy to get confused about how we are loved and how we can love others. This morning I was thinking about this blog and what message do I personally need about love in this busy season of parenting and life. As I was reading in Mark 10 about Jesus and the rich young ruler, these words popped off the pages of my bible. “Jesus looked at him and loved him” (verse 21.)
Jesus looked at the man. He saw all of his good attributes the man had been putting forward for all to see. But Jesus looked deeper, at the heart. He could see all of this man– the good, the bad and the ugly. Jesus looked at all of this man and loved him! He loved him with all of the flaws. The love wasn’t contingent upon this man following him or cleaning up the rough spots to make him more loveable. Jesus looked and loved.
In our marriages, we see it all too. Peter sees my insecurity, my judgment, and my pride. He sees all of my flaws and loves me anyway! This is real love — to look and love without waiting for our spouse or our kids to clean up their act and do it right or better.
Who can you look at and love today? Start by knowing that the God of the universe looks at you and loves you –the good, the bad and the ugly! There is plenty of this love to receive and once you’ve received it, you can share it with others.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
By Heather Larson
Wife to Peter
Mom of three
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Associate Director of 10 Great Dates