Giving the Best Gift….Love
by Pamela Gauthier
Matthew 6:24….Thy Kingdom come thy will be done…..
There are so many songs, names given, relationships started, all in the name of love. Why is love such a popular word?
What is love? It is kind, patient, does not demand its own way, never gives up, never loses faith, never loses hope, and endures through every circumstance 1 Corinthians 13. If we conquer this impossible feat, only done successfully through Christ’s love, we can conquer all.
To be honest, I’ve had relationships that were so unbelievably disappointing, which made me want to become an island to myself. How could I protect my feelings from never being hurt again? In the Lord’s Prayer there is one line that stands out, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”. God’s will is for us as believers to walk in love. If we’ve truly been crucified with Christ, then we don’t live according to our will. We fulfill the will of God to walk in love. God is love. Many times it seems unfair to love.
In the story of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-24, the father gives his son his heart’s desire, his inheritance. He allows him to take this inheritance and start a new life, even though this was not the father’s will. He knew this was not what the son should do, but he allowed him to make his own decision.
In dealing with family members, it can be extremely difficult to accept circumstances that are not favorable to what we would like to see. Imagine the father’s grief as he released his son into the unknown world. This father teaches us a valuable lesson, God’s love for us. God gave up His only Son so we could be saved from judgment. Does God demand His own way? He does not demand it, but His love follows us and endures through every circumstance (Luke 15:4). If we receive His love given to us as a free gift, we have the power to love others. He has given us the biblical blueprint in which to do so.
The Prodigal Son in our story represents fallen humanity with its own ideas. We follow our own ways apart from God and in His loving mercy, we come to our senses and choose His ways again. It says, the son returned home broken and repentant, only to find himself placed in the arms of a loving and compassionate father (Luke 15:20). He was also met with a party, the finest robe, a ring and sandals. This represents being clothed in the Fathers love. His righteousness alone makes us right. It is undeserved but freely given.
When it is understood that we have been given a love that’s free, it takes the pressure off. How exciting to realize that we get to love. We give to others what has been given to us, a love that overcomes every obstacle. We can then boldly confess, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…….”
HeARTune Creations Poetry, LLC., is owned by Pamela Gauthier. Pamela is a writer and poet, who has been writing for over 20 years. She formally started her poetry as a business in October of 2013.
Her poetry has been at several boutiques and stores in the Baton Rouge area. Pamela is a native Baton Rougean, who has lived here all of her life. She is the wife of Ronnie Gauthier, and the mother of four: Mrs. Jamie Baham, Mrs. Jessica Chatman, Joshua and Joseph Gauthier. She is also the proud Grandmother of Five.
Pamela started her writing journey by writing poetry as a way to uplift the spirits of those in nursing homes and the like. This is still the goal today, to touch hearts and lives wherever encouragement is needed.