In many cases love can be absolutely exhausting, that is if we know what loves real means. The kind of love that really makes a difference in this world will zap everything out of you. You need to love, not only your immediate family members, but everybody else. Love is a big business in our walking with God to our destinations.
Some people complain that they don’t have more love to give. Many who complain this way are usually in a people-intensive jobs , such as teachers , nurses, doctors, salesmen, or waitresses, and when they come home they say, “I just can’t face another need, another problem, or another heartache.” So you just shut down. Others are in very difficult relationships, partners that are too hard to please.
Or you need to show love to a particular person who is demanding, selfish, and never returns your love. And you just think to yourself, “I’m done. No more.” Some individuals wishing to convert you to their ATM station are in your life and they make frequent and bogus demands.
While our complaints and reactions are perfectly natural and perfectly human, it’s not the standard of love God calls us to in the Bible. The Bible says, “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance”. Love never gives up. This is the supreme order and we have to obey. It is not an option.
But how can you have that kind of persistent love for another person? How do we get refueled when your love tank has been run out to zero level? Every flying jet will need periodical refuelling, especially if it wants to keep flying. To give the kind of persistent love that God wants you to give, you have to refuel your love tank. Look around at society, and you’ll see it’s littered with debris from relationships that have crashed and burned because people didn’t refuel their love tanks. We need to stand out from the society and on the Rock that is sure to endure to the very end.
How do you refuel your love tank? You start by letting God love you. “We love because He first loved us”. When you’re worn out, tired, and can’t imagine showing love to anyone else, remember that God loved you so much that He sent his Son to die for you. Now that’s real fuel. That’s what keeps you going when you want to quit.
By Prof R. A. Ipinyomi