July 21, 2015

Limited Love

by Ashley Jensen in Blog, Christianity, COMMUNICATE


Take the lid off of your love.

1 Corinthians 13:3-10 The Message

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
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. Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

It’s interesting when I look at my journey through ministry. Along the way I’ve met some great people; authentic and truly loving people. I’ve also met some bad people; greedy and selfish. It’s interesting because in my mind they fell into the same category: “ministry friends.” You would think with a label like that they would be the best friends a person could have. Unfortunately the opposite is true. This past year I’ve learned that true friends stick with you and love you through thick and thin. Extending grace is easier when you’ve needed grace. Most religious people have a hard time extending grace because either they forgot where they came from or they are living a self-righteous life. Both are huge errors when it comes to walking out love.

As I read the passage above it really got me thinking about my love walk. I had the image of a jar with a lid on it. If I take the lid off then everything inside can be let out. If I’m a jar full of the love of God, then do I keep the lid on? Am I limited in my love? Do I really love people or do I love the idea of loving people? Either way when people you say you love end up doing something stupid and you are disappointed by them or they betray you somehow, how do you react? Do you judge them? Do you want them to pay? OR Do you react with love? Do you choose to cover, encourage, protect? When everyone walks out, true love stays. True love isn’t limited by someone else’s opinion. “Well Ashley I don’t want to be associated with someone like that. I’ll just love them from a distance.”, you might say. Ok, well Jesus associated with people “like that” He walked with people through their sin and restored them.  You can’t “love people from a distance” because love does. Love is involved. Love takes action.

I found most of my “ministry friends” were just people who really don’t understand love. Yes, they may lead big churches, preach all over the world, and do cool ministry stuff but if we are to truly do ministry like Jesus, we should love those who deserve judgement. These days my true friends love me for me, not for what I can do for them.

This week, take the lid off of your love.

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Please leave your thoughts if you feel led and let’s continue the conversation! May God bless you!

One Comment

  1. Elizabeth
    July 21, 2015 at 7:42 am

    God Bless You!! Powerful truth message! I accept and ask God to apply the LOVE thru me.

  2. Tara
    July 21, 2015 at 9:14 am


  3. Adonness
    July 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I was going to put the lid on:) only because I don’t feel the same Love in return that i’ve given my whole life I’m not in relationships with any of my family and so called friends I’m ok with it I sleep better I had to come to realize they only cared for me when I could be there for them are they needed my advise I’m glad I was remined of God’s love and how were suppose to love one another and stay in forgiveness

    1. Ashley Jensen
      July 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Don’t put the lid on… There’s a difference between love and investment. Love everybody but be selective with your investment.

  4. Carla
    July 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for this challenge! We have had to navigate through some very difficult relationships over these past few years. I continue to feel challenged to forgive and see these relationships through the lense of Jesus. It’s so hard and I can’t do it on my own strength ! I need to read this verse again and obey what Love calls me to do .

    1. Ashley Jensen
      July 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      It’s tough but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can do it!

  5. Mary Black
    July 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I’m learning a whole lot through your messages. Everything is like wow!!!

  6. Kevin
    July 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Great word! We love because he first loved us. The better we can understand HIS love, the better we will be able to love others in the same manner…

  7. Christopher
    July 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I agree with what you said in the context you said it but there are people you need to love from a distance. I actually use that phrase when I am counseling someone who is a believer but is being physically abused by a family member. They feel like they are supposed to stay because Jesus would want them to love them. I have zero problem telling them that they need to love “that” person from a distance. I only commented because that statement can’t be a blanket statement used across the board. But again, I agree with the context in which you used your example. But if someone is being abused, get out of that abusive situation. Jesus is ok with you loving that person from a distance. He doesn’t want you sticking around getting the heck beat out of you night after night.

    1. Ashley Jensen
      July 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Absolutely, context is key. Having love for someone and actually Doug the act of loving someone are two different things. I believe we can have love for all people but for love to change people it has to be seen, felt, and displayed. It’s definitely an action. Thanks for the comment!

    2. denise
      July 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Ive been abused u r a good friend Christopher.

  8. Portia
    July 24, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Very profound truth!

  9. keri
    July 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Great piece. Thanks!

  10. Claudia
    July 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Funny how God works! I have just started trying to my live my life by loving everyone and emptying out past hurts to focus on giving love. Thank you for this! I will try to change my words to be kinder and gentler. Pray I have patience with myself…..LOL!

  11. Happy
    August 1, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I am taking off the lid of the jar of love I have… Thanks I loved it and I am grateful you are leading us

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