Love and relationships are all about giving and serving. For us to find pleasure in giving and serving it needs to stem from a place of love and health. The Bible in the book of Corinthians shows us what love should look like but it seems near impossible to live such a selfless life. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perserveres. Love never fails.” 2 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
Without loving God and being totally surrendered to Him He cannot work within us a love like this. A love that enables us to put others first. A love fulfilling. “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.'” Matthew 22: 37 (NIV)
God calls us to love Him with all that we are before we can love the people around us. He calls us to model the pattern of Christ who before God could entrust the world to Him He called to lay His life down in love before God so as to save the world. We may wonder why our seasons of waiting are long or when God is sending a spouse your way but we can rest assured that as we wait we do not wait in vain. God is always working in our lives. He desires us to build with Him first so that we may be able to build with people around us. It is God’s plan for us to prosper in everything and He will never give to us anything that might hurt us. So as you wait for love wait in God. He is working in us what cannot be obtained by human intellect.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)