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The Kind of Love That Heals

The Kind of Love That Heals

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Published by Jocelyn Soriano
 I used to think that love is all we need in order to heal other people's hurts. I used to think that if we could only give that love to the very best we could, we'd have the power to change other people's lives for the better.
 But why is it that after giving everything we could, we are still met with pain and frustration? Why is it that after so many years of trying to prove our love, wounds are still hurting and people remain unchanged?
 I used to think that love is all we need in order to heal other people's hurts. I used to think that if we could only give that love to the very best we could, we'd have the power to change other people's lives for the better.
 But why is it that after giving everything we could, we are still met with pain and frustration? Why is it that after so many years of trying to prove our love, wounds are still hurting and people remain unchanged?

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 The Kind Of Love That Heals
Only love heals, and My love in you shall heal many. - Bo Sanchez, Embraced
I used to think that love is all we need in order to heal other people's hurts.
I used to think that if wecould only give that love to the very best we could, we'd have the power to change other people's livesfor the better.
But why is it that after giving everything we could, we are still met with pain and frustration? 
Why isit that after so many years of trying to prove our love, wounds are still hurting and people remainunchanged?
 
Can't love really heal our hurts? 
 My daughter (son), you are not yet a strong and prudent lover. Because you abandon what you havebegun at every little adversity which you encounter, and too eagerly seek consolation.-Imitation of ChristHow strong must we be? How persistent must our love be? In our exhaustion, we say in defeat that ourlove could never be that strong enough. If the only hope for healing left is love, then it couldn't be thekind of love that we have. Our love is not the kind of love that heals.
 
What then is the love that heals?
 
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans5:8
Only God's love can. For in truth, God Himself is LOVE
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:16
All our greatest strivings fall short of God's Perfect LOVE for us, a love that is sufficient unto itself andneither needs nor asks for anything in return. Who among us could love like Him unless He empowers usto do so?
God's Unconditional Love
 
Have you ever wondered how only God can love us unconditionally? It's because only God is perfect anddoesn't need anything from usWe can't love like that. Our love, however good is still conditional. We want something in returnbecause we are not perfect, and we try to get from others what we lack.We expect something back, whether it be the praise of the one we love, his presence to soothe ourloneliness and emptiness within, the feeling that we're needed, the fulfilment of our childhood ideals,protection, financial security, or his characteristics that we yearn for but don't possess such as a strongidentity, childlikeness, excitement and strength.This is the reason why Jesus told us to love God first for in truth, it is a command to allow God to love us,to be so embraced and ensured that we couldn't ask for anything more. In that way only can we loveothers as God has loved us.
This kind of love is therefore not waiting for any condition or reward.
This love is also not boastful, self righteous or looking down upon another person because it knows that whatever love it can give hascome not from itself but from God, like the moon reflecting only the light cast upon it by the sun.
 
 A Love That Heals
 God's perfect love is the kind of love that heals. Whether we receive it directly or through the people Hechooses to help us along the way, only God's love has the power to change us and to heal our hurts.If we are to be channels of His love, we must stop relying upon our own strength and goodness andbegin tapping unto God's endless reserve of mercy, power and grace. Know God's love and how differentit is from the kind of love that failed us in the past. GOD'S LOVE IS: 1. Benevolent
 Benevolence is silent goodwill. It is like the sun shining on hard ground, softening the earth, meltingthe ice, but with no design or intention to heal. It is a state of naturalness which is why it worksbecause the ground feels no debt to the sun. In the same way, to be on the receiving end of benevolence is to be receiving something for which there is no return. Not even a pressure to respond -which is why one does, so easily. - Inner Beauty 
 
God's love is just like that. GOD'S LOVE just IS. Even without our appreciation, even without our gaze.God's love needs no permission nor recognition in order to shine through and give its warmth to all. OnlyHe has that kind of benevolence.There are times when we also feel as though we've already given so much kindness. But if we couldreally be benevolent in the same way, why do we feel so much pain when our partner leaves us orbetrays us? Why do we hear ourselves say, "I've done everything for you all these years and this is howyou will repay me for everything?"It is not that we shouldn't feel bad in any way. It's but natural to be disappointed with infidelity and withthings that break apart our love. But in our weakness, we fall into the temptation of making our partnersthe very center of our lives, the source of our joy, the meaning of our existence. God is not like that forHe is not dependent upon His creatures for His happiness. He loves us but He is the Giver, not the onewho expects from us something in return to fill Him back.The only way we could somehow imitate such benevolence is when we're able to connect to God. Whenwe're filled with His goodness, we're able to give the same to others without expecting anything inreturn. 2. Strong God's love is so strong that even if we fail Him again and again, His love remains steadfast and unaffectedby our changing desires.
His love is also strong enough to join us not only in our happiness but even in our pain.
It is not afraidto see us in our weakness and our failures. It is strong enough to allow us to make mistakes, to hurt, andto learn from them. How very different indeed from our human love that expects perfection from oneanother. We're afraid to feel our loved one's pain and so we meddle with their decisions and keep themfrom being responsible for their own lives. We'd rather that they remain as babies who never grow uprather than risk falling as they learn to walk on their own. 3. Trustworthy We know God has no hidden agenda and only has our highest good in mind. He never lies to us and Hiswords can be counted upon.How different it is with people who often lie to us and betray us, people who keep us guessing whetherthey really love us or only care about themselves.

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