You, Father,
love me and accept me as I am.
Even when I have failed You,
You remain faithful.
I know that I don’t love others as You love me.
I honestly want to, but I don’t.

There are those who are very easy to love;
I have no difficulty returning their love;
The ones who encourage me, support me
Openly show their affinity and affection.

Then there are those who don’t like me,
Who have no use for me, who doubt my motives,
Who disapprove of my actions, who are critical of me
Without really knowing me in the depth of my being.

Then there are those who think they know me well,
And, of course, I never meet their expectations.
They have given me labels, and have put me in a box.
I won’t ever by loved by them, so I don’t want to love them back.

But Lord,
when I fail to love them, I fail to love you!
You have shown me once again that then I am only self serving.
Forgive me, Lord, for wanting to take the easy way out and
Only loving those who love me first.

Teach me that because You are Love
I need to allow Your love to flow through me
Unhindered by my stubborn, selfish spirit.
Teach me what it means to love
And accept others,
As You love and accept me.
Teach me that love is a commitment
To bless the other person until the end of time.


Anonymous said...

Karin, Your words are beautiful and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a blessed weekend.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Your words are always so full of heartfelt meaning and beauty, Karin!

This one was once again needed and meant for me to read tonight. Thank you!! XO

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Dear Karin thanks for stopping by my post today. I was counting on you to add some insight into my passage for today. I sometimes can't remember what I was taught about these things and because of the gift of the computer I am able to reach like minded and liked spirited folks to discuss things with. Your ministry is very active in my life. Thanks to you.

ellen b. said...

So convicting but so good...
Hope you are having a restful holiday weekend.

Wendy said...

Just beautiful. This post made me cry. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Your writing is such a blessing to me!

George said...

This is beautiful and thought-provoking. The statement 'when I fail to love them, I fail to love you!' really hits home. Thank you.

NCmountainwoman said...

So well said. And sometimes so hard to do. Thanks for reminding us to keep on trying.

Glenda said...

Yes! Teach me, Lord . . . teach me!

Valerie said...

Beautiful Karen! Those words could have come from my heart as I struggle in the same way, How thankful I am to have such an awesome loving and forgiving Father!