A Look of Love
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done with love.
Here is a little something – simple and straightforward and yet so powerful – that God has been bringing to my attention lately – the look of love.
There is so much in a look. Sometimes far more than words and actions, for a look or the eyes reveal the heart. Others can usually sense what we are feeling. (Blog post on this topic) They may not know exactly what it is we think and feel, but they can usually sense the nature of it and our eyes are a big part of revealing that because they reveal our heart.
How many times have people been saying and doing one thing and yet their eyes say something completely different? How many times have we done that?
The look of . . .
Fear of what others think of you
Competition with others
Judgment on who others are or what they do
Jealousy for what others have
Lust for others
Arrogance that you are better in some way
Pride in who you are
Nothing in that you feel nothing – don’t care
Neglect in that you don’t really notice others
Control of others, their emotions, or actions
Disgust in who others are or what they do
Disappointment in who others are
But our desire should be to give a look of love, always.
A change in look comes from a change on the inside. I’m finding that as the Spirit grows me in God’s love – the looks I give are starting to come from a place of love. You can’t give what you don’t have. And the only real love there is is from God. And only by being united to Him in truth and spirit can you know and give His love, thus truly a look of love.
God’s love entails truth, compassion, openness, and sincerity. It expects nothing in return. It is active not passive and engaging not distant. When we know and have His love then it fills our heart, thus our words and actions and looks. Not that we will always look in love, because the flesh is still with us for the time. But as we gain a deep knowing of God’s love a shift takes place – where the flesh decreases and the spirit that holds God’s love increases, thus we see less of the former and more of the later.
What do your looks entail? For your family, spouse, children, strangers, co-workers, fellow believers, friends?
It is a tremendous prayer of a child to God to seek to know and to give the love of God because when we have His love in us it flows out of our lives into the lives of others in all sincerity.
Luke 11:34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
January 26, 2010 at 10:47 am
Thanks for the post. Reminds me of one of my favorite songs (by my favorite singer song writer). Check out Charlie Dodrill’s song “Love(13)”.Thanks for all you encouragement. JM.
January 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Thanks John for sharing. I’m listening to that song right now 🙂
January 26, 2010 at 11:08 am
Awesome Post Rachel ….And I pray in name of my lord Jesus for strength and guidance for us all to embrace Love according to his will “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7…God bless you for Sharing the Lord’s word …Just added your blog to my watch list 2010
January 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm
Thanks Fatibony for stopping by and sharing part of that chapter with us. It is truly incredible the love of God.
January 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm
Great post and subject. My spiritual goals this year is to promote peace, hope and love. The heart and soul must be spirit filled with love. God is love. We must seek Him while it is day. A light shines in dark places. Let our lights so shine with an eye of love. Great post. Pray for The Joy of Jesus. We will, and are praying for you. Peace, hope, and love,
January 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm
Thanks Dr. Lee – it is a tremendous prayer.
January 27, 2010 at 5:03 am
Good post, Rachel. The more of Christ that you have in you, the more you will radiate his love to others. Nothing we do is of any merit. It is only what we allow Christ to do through us.
Love is the most powerful force on this earth.
“Let your gentleness be evident to all”. Phil. 4:5
January 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Thanks Marianne – I love that verse. I remember when it really struck me.
January 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm
I really had not given much thought on looks and how it impacts our walk. It is an area that I should give much more effort to as it is easy for me to show frustration, disappointment, and in my various roles here.
I recently read a quip from Eugene Peterson on how difficult loving is and how many of us choose to avoid it. Your post, the verse from Luke, and Peterson’s writing are an excellent topic for further reflection.
January 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm
Slamdunk – our looks, our heart – we are all a work in progress aren’t we? But as we draw close to God and Him to us, He works in us inside out.
January 28, 2010 at 2:33 am
Awesome post on Love. I want to be a person who reveals love.
January 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Thanks – me too 🙂
January 29, 2010 at 2:16 am
A timely post)). Scripture tells us that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and that perfect love casts out fear.
By walking in daily Spirit led communion with Christ, we can manifest His love through us, having words of grace and encouragement to speak in to situations which arise.
A teachable spirit and a willing and available heart to hear and obey is a worthy goal.
January 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Martin – so true. And it is foundational that it is a spirit led communion.
January 29, 2010 at 7:48 am
A LIFE OF PURPOSE, DIRECTION & DESTINY
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Your life has value, purpose and dignity. On a deep level we know but seldom grasp the implications of this. God has planted eternity in our hearts and minds- described above as a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy.
The staggering statement here is that your life has been designed to have a dignity and direction which can only be found in relationship with God. Nothing of the earth’s treasures or trinkets can satisfy the the deep inner longing for completeness which is found only in Christ.
To think that the Lord of the universe has ,in His majesty and Grace and Love, given thought and attention to your life—you have value and significance in God’s eyes.
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.
13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. [Deut 4:29-30.]
These verses speak of God’s loving grace and attention toward us, affirming His purpose for our lives to provide assurance and hope in our final outcome. All that is required is that we seek to be in relationship with Him… as a vital necessity. His promise is that He will be found by seeking and teachable hearts.
Ps. 139;16 tells us…in Your book all the days [ of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there were none of them.
What a marvelous example of the provision and intimacy and loving concern the Lord has for us. Why would this be so?
10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
What Amazing Grace!! This verse illustrates God’s Purpose, Direction and Destiny for those who are His. He has a life prepared for each of us that He would have us live out and walk day by day in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.
Be encouraged today… Your life has a worth, value, dignity, purpose and destiny which has been prepared before the foundation of the world. His plans and purposes for your life are for your welfare and His glory.
January 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Martin – thank you so much for your words and those verses – absolutely encouraging!!
January 31, 2010 at 2:18 am
Hi Rachel. It’s amazing how a contrary attitude will leak out; despite ones best attempts to conceil it. There have been times in the past few months where I wanted to react to circumstances and I’m certain that it showed. Many times I’ve had to just stop and pray “Lord PLEASE let me see this situation as you see it.” He is always faithful and soon the bigger picture is in view.
It reveals how important it is to be abiding close to the Lord Jesus. The old nature is continually seeking a vent or an occasion to retake the reigns. Likewise, the enemy knows where our weaknesses lie and will seek to exploit those weaknesses when we aren’t watching.
Thanks for offering insights on this topic. Blessings always in Jesus name.
January 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm
Timbob – you made an excellent point. When I feel that flesh side taking over, I have to earnestly pray to get refocused on what is true and real. It is good to have that awareness when it happens because otherwise you fall victim to your thoughts and the enemy’s lies.
January 31, 2010 at 9:44 am
I agree with you that we can “sense” what someone is feeling (I’m going to take a peek at that site also).
I can feel how another is truly feeling in an instant-whether it’s love or the other stuff/jealousy, competitiveness, bitterness, which is all based on fear I do believe. Sometimes I think I can pick up on vibes right when I walk in a room….always have been this way since a wee one and sometimes that doesn’t feel good.
I also believe in the term, “walk the talk.” My children, family members, or those that I hold in my heart as special people, notice how you are walking, not talking. Of course you know what my definition of “walking” is. They can feel God’s love in you by your response and how they see you everyday. I think the more we are touched by our Father’s love, it just gets so inside of our spirits, hopefully we respond in like fashion. Which I must admit, I’m still in the making…..
Thanks Rachel for this reminder. Janie
January 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm
Jane – I think we are all on a continum of sensitivity to the emotions of others – and the degree of sensitivity you have is a blessing – but I can see how it would be difficult as well. I think you are right about the other stuff in that it is based in fear. It is so important to seek God’s love so that we love in truth and sincerity – because on some level people can sense what we are truly projecting. Thanks so much for your comments!