Angriella arrived home late from work angry that her day had not gone her way. As she turned off the car she grabbed her purse and other items and headed up the sidewalk to the front door. It was dark because she had forgotten to leave the light on. She stopped to figure out which key to use and dropped everything she had in her arms. Finding the key she picked up her stuff and went to the door. After several tries she unlocked the door and entered the house.
Her husband heard her at the door and walked into the living room. She glared at him. He apologized for not turning the light on and unlocking the door. He got busy fixing supper and forgot. She glared at him and said, “Oh it’s ok. I know how to unlock the door in the dark.” He knew she was angry once again and began to tell her what he was fixing for supper. He said, “I have a surprise for you. I made spaghetti because I know you like it so much. I also have garlic toast and a salad with honey mustard dressing.” She replied, “I’m not hungry but I guess I will eat your spaghetti.” She picked apart the meal, complaining about every little item on the plate, but ate until she was full. No matter what he said she would not listen to him. He remembered that she always said that she loved him but it had been years since she showed any signs of love toward him. He would not give up, he was determined to keep trying to reach her with His love and hope someday she would show the love back to him.
I believe that God is like the husband in this illustration. He is always showing us His love even if we aren’t showing love back to Him. When God does something wonderful or simple for us there should be a response back to Him of appreciation.
On a daily basis how can we express our love to God? Because God is Spirit it is a little more difficult to wrap our brains around how to love Him. Love is more than an emotion, or words it is best expressed in actions and attitudes. How did Jesus tell us to love Him? John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (NKJV)
This seems simple; if we love Jesus we will keep His commandments. But love is more than actions it is also attitude. Angriella in the illustration had a bad attitude because she was only thinking about herself. Even though she ate the meal she found something wrong with everything in it. She felt obligated to eat because it was cooked not because she wanted to or was thankful for it. Doing all the right things with a bad attitude is not a way of expressing love. Love is an expression of our free will that shows in our attitudes, words and actions.
Expressing love to God is doing what we know is in His will with a loving attitude. As a Christian everything we do is an extension of God’s hand on this earth. When you look at it like that you become more careful about attitudes and actions.
My challenge for the week is to check my attitude and realize that I am an extension of God’s hand on this earth. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.