Cross-Shaped Love

Let me suggest in very functional, practical terms what it means to be committed to being an instrument of cross-shaped love:

It means not keeping yourself so busy with you and yours that you haven no practical time to love others.

It means being committed to knowing people, because you can minister only in very limited ways to those whom you do not know.

It means being willing to have your life complicated by the needs and struggles of others.

It means being willing to live with an open home.

It means overlooking minor offenses and fighting the temptation to become bitter or cynical.

It means being lovingly and humbly honest in moments of misunderstanding; more committed to reconciliation than to being right.

It means not judging the success of your life by the size of your house or bank account, or by the quality of your car, but by the quality of your love for God and others.

It means moving beyond simply surrounding yourself with people whom you find comfortable and likeable.

It means being willing to have your schedule and plans interrupted or altered.

It means not allowing yourself plausible excuses that seemingly free you from love’s call.

It means loving people in such a way that they never feel like they are in debt to you.

Paul Tripp, Broken Down House

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June 28 2010 04:00 am | Blog

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