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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 12: No Holding Back



I LOVE BIG

so I also HURT BIG.

I am quite extreme, and if you know me you know that I am.

When I give you my HEART,

I give it to you just like a puppy who greets you with kisses and tail wagging with excitement,

And then when I get my HEART hurt, I HURT BIG.

But who am I to not LOVE & HURT BIG?

If you have a beating HEART

I am sure you LOVE & HURT BIG.

At times I guard my heart, holding back on LOVING too BIG,

by preparing my HEART for the HURT.

So are you actually getting all of my LOVE or just some of it

when I coward back in fear that you may HURT me.

Hmm.

And then I think of the ONE who LOVES BIG and who HURTS BIG

that HE never holds back HIS LOVE~

"But GOD shows HIS love for us in that

while we were still sinners, CHRIST died for us" (Romans 5:8).

If GOD didn't HURT BIG for us, HE wouldn't have had HIS SON die for us~

"For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS one and only SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Oh the sweet spot where LOVE & HURT collide

so that we can

LIVE BIG IN HIM,

because the moment JOHN 3:16 becomes a reality in your LIFE

your LIFE is no longer yours

but wrapped up in HIS~

who LOVES each one of us so BIG

that HE never HURTS us.

Instead, HE shows us how to LOVE BIG~

"LOVE never gives up. LOVE cares more for others than for self. LOVE doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. LOVE doesn’t strut. Doesn’t have a swelled head. Doesn’t force itself on others. Isn’t always me first. Doesn’t fly off the handle. Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others. Doesn’t revel when others grovel. Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth. Puts up with anything. Trusts GOD always. Always looks for the best. Never looks back, But keeps going to the end"*.

To LOVE BIG HURTS BIG

because

"LOVE never dies"*.

What a wake up call.

To be human is to

LOVE BIG

without HOLDING BACK for fear of being HURT BIG,

because there is no HURT too BIG

for our

BIG GOD & BIG JESUS & BIG HOLY SPIRIT

who LOVES us so BIG

so that we too can continue to

LOVE BIG

with total ABANDONMENT~

"CHRIST lives in me. The life you see me living is not mine, but it is lived by faith in the SON OF GOD,, who loved me and gave HIMSELF for me. I am not going to go back on that" (Galatians 2:20).

So are you ready to LOVE BIG so you can LIVE BIG.

Today we will not be

FASTING

because today we will be

FEASTING on GOD'S LOVE~

"But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in GOD, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.

And the best of the three is LOVE" *(I Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 MSG) .

Let's lose the weight of

HOLDING BACK of LOVING FULLY

without fear of HURTING BIG

so that we experience

the BIG LOVE of JESUS

that outweighs any HURT that feels so BIG~

"If GOD is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31).

LOVE BIG. HURT BIG.

LIVE BIG

for

"CHRIST LIVES IN ME" (listen to the song below)


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