Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lifestyle of L.O.V.E.

A very anointed and talented man recently said, “It’s all for L.O.V.E. This statement immediately brought to mind part of the scripture found in Romans 13:8, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another.”

This is how Jesus intended for us to live. We are supposed to live a Lifestyle of L.O.V.E. wherein we emulate the love of God. Now some may be thinking, “I know this but how am I supposed to do this with people working my nerves everyday!?!”

It’s simple really and one of the easiest things you will ever do in your life! Just remember the following Backronym for LOVE:

L – Live
O – Offense
V – Vindicated
E – Everyday

That’s how you walk in love. You live an offense vindicated life everyday.

Think about it – what’s the root cause of all bad attitudes and dispositions? It’s offense. “I’m going to treat them mean just like they treated me.” That’s offense! Holding on to something negative that was directed towards you. The funny thing is it may not have even been intentional.

People commit evil acts against one another all because of offense – because of something said or done to them that caused them to think badly of themselves – so in order to squash those negative feelings they perpetuate them in their actions towards others who more likely than not, had nothing to do with the original slight.
Do you see how silly that is – why let someone’s negative treatment of you affect how you behave towards them or others. Why give importance to something that is by its very nature inconsequential anyway?

What do I mean by that?

You alone have control over what you do or say, and who you are or become. Are you going to let the ideas or comments of someone else put limits on your behavior, thoughts, goals, dreams?

Just because your mother said, “You’re just like your daddy, ain’t gone never be nothing” does that stop you from paying attention in school, getting good grades, possible scholarships, moving out and on to a high-paying career you can be proud of? Only if you let it!
Take a look at your life and the offenses you may be holding on to. The people that caused them are not your shadow. They are not stuck to you with glue. If it’s your parents – they’re not with you at school all day, or work.

If it’s your boss – he/she isn’t with you when you go home or hang out with your friends.

If it’s the cashier at Starbuck’s – What – you see him for like five minutes a day?

The list goes on…at some point these offenders are away from you, some of them you will never, ever see again – are you going to let what they did or said control the rest of your day, week, life?
I know it’s horrible and completely unjustified – but these offenders only have the control that you allow them to have.

In Psalm 119:165, the Bible says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

When that cashier lets out an impatient huff, snatches the money out of my hand, and rips my receipt, this is the scripture that pops into my head and immediately stops me from making an unattractive grimace, or a snide comment that only makes me feel crappy later on.

When that usher with the attitude tells me I can’t sit where I want to sit (in a vacant, unassigned, unreserved, and unobtrusive seat) after I’ve been standing in line for over an hour in the cold, rain, or heat, I just remember that Jesus loves me so much he gave his life for me so that I could be free.

We can all live offense free – but like everything else it’s a choice, a conscious effort, we have to make until it becomes habitual. It’s easy and it’s free – all you have to do is dissociate yourself from their bad day!

Live Offense Vindicated Everyday and see how much progress you make towards your goals without a bad attitude taking up your energy.

Remember – Lifestyle is all about choice!

Choose to walk in a Lifestyle of L.O.V.E.

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