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Your Love Needs To Mature

 

(1 Corinthians 13:11) “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

(Ephesians 5:25) “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

(1 John 4:18-19) “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.”

 

 

We need to admit that the love we had for our spouse, in the beginning, is completely different than the love we have now. It started off with romantic passion and matured to respected admiration. It focused on physical attraction and now appreciates the sacrifice and attention given to us and our family. It changed from what you can get out of the relationship to what you can actually give, even if that means giving up on your life dreams or goals in order for your family to be safe and provided for.

We matured from hiding our past and being superficial to becoming completely transparent as we no longer have the fear of being judged. As young adults we looked for a moment of passion, fun, and entertainment from our partners, but as we mature we look for dependability and a sense of responsibility in them. Our focus changes from trying to change our spouse to making the changes in us to be more loving, more forgiving, and have more patience.

We stop living like innocent victims and start to accept the blame and realize that we are part of the problem as well. If you have not matured in your love, then you are probably divorced, on the brink of doing.
Our love for God also has to grow in order to continue in love with Jesus. When we first loved Him, we did it to get forgiven and saved from an eternity in Hell. But if this is where it stops, you have completely misunderstood who He is. God does not need us, but we need Him in order to make it in life. He has no needs whatsoever, neither a beginning nor an end, nor does He sleep or slumber, nor does He need our approval or permission for anything He does, give us, or takes away from us.

Our love for God needs to mature from what we can get out of Him, to how much we can serve Him. To stop expecting anything from anyone and be willing to give up everything we have for a complete stranger, if God so desires. To stop doing things out of fear of not being accepted and to know that nothing can separate us from God’s love. To be at total peace in the face of danger because we completely trust that God will be there for us.

Fortunately, God will never forsake us, but only when we mature in our love for God can we unconditionally love others and restore our broken relationships.

 

 

Mature love is to love without any fear and to enter a place of Rest in the arms of Jesus.

 

 


Prayers

• Father, You are the vine dresser, the sower of good seeds, and He who prunes the branch to bear more fruits.
• Thank You Father for showing such pure and holy love towards us.
• Thank You that Your love is unconditional, it is patient and kind.
• Thank You that through Jesus living inside of us, we are able to love unconditionally as well and that our love can mature to become a sacrificial love.
• Forgive us for not wanting to grow in our love or to hold on to our childish ways.
• Forgive us for being selfish in our relationships and to still demand love instead of giving it first.
• We cancel any childish mindset regarding love, any resentment and any lack of compassion in our lives today.
• We reject every thought of fear of being rejected, fear of getting emotionally hurt, or fear being transparent in who we truly are today.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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