A heaping helping, please
Have you ever said of one thing only to act an entirely different way when push came to shove? We pledge to do one thing, but we do another. It is just human nature to "preserve" ourself when the times get a little tougher to deal with than we first imagined them to be. When it comes to loving another individual, we want to save face, come out on top, and not be "found out" for the cowards we really are. When it comes to loving another individual, we are pretty cowardly at times - not willing to face danger, difficulty, opposition, or pain within the relationship. Face it - relationships can get pretty messy! When it comes to facing them without fear, we don't do a very good job with this unless we rely upon Jesus within us to actually help us love with the intensity of love he shows us. We become pretty timid and often are intimidated by the "confines" of love. Love is truly "messy" business, but it is the "business" we are to excel at!