Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Building Block #2: LOVE, part 3 of 4

Next in the list is such a basic element of love, that it is too often overlooked.  It comes from Philippians 2:3-4, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

The TLC of Love is T- Touch, L- Limits, and finally the C- Concern.  Love always expresses itself with concern.  Every mother know the concern they have for their children.  Business owners concern for their company than their employees.

Loving concern speaks of ownership or responsibility.  A great analogy is the difference between Renting and Owning your own house.  For those that own their own place, much of the extra funds, or tax return monies will go back into their house.  WHY?  Because their house is their investment.  CONCERN says I AM INVESTED in the outcome.

Love will invest with its Time, Talents and Treasures.  Love is emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally in the life of another.

The ultimate expression of love was expressed by Jesus in John 3:16, "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."  Concern is not only worried about the problem, it takes takes responsibility for the outcome.  Concern doesn't blame or pass the buck.  Concern puts "skin in the game" and takes the result personally and personally takes on the results. True concern serves the person, as well as the relationship as a whole.  "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45

Love follows through! Happy families have responsible adults (even it is just you) who take ownership for the direction and outcome of the family, children, and marriage.  The security that this type of concern provides, is an important element of the building block of love. Without it, love is not laid as a foundation, and the Happy Home is not built.

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