Not that I had any doubts, but Bible study last night confirmed the confirmation that love is the theme for this year.
We're doing Loving Well. Which sums it up right there. I want to learn to love well this year. I want to get to a year from now and look back on 2011 and say with honesty, "I loved well this year."
And the first session of Loving Well just confirmed that. Again. And gave me a clearer picture of what that looks like.
Here are a couple of things I jotted down (not enough room in the journal that goes with the study--need a separate place to take notes!) while watching session 1 last night:
Growing in Christ means growing in love.
Am I getting more loving?
Transformation should be seen most clearly in love.
God measures maturity by how we love.
Am I loving more than I can? Beyond my ability to do so?
And then there was this definition of self-love that cut deep because it's so accurate:
"the undue sparing of self with the primary concern that things be easy or pleasant for oneself"
The journal questions this morning just added to it:
Do I love others better than I did five years ago?
Am I growing in my ability to love others more openly, with more vulnerability?
What marked change or transformation has come about in the way I love?
I must say, it took me a while to answer those questions. I want to be brave enough to be honest, to have the courage to have God reveal to me the actual state of my heart.
Are you starting Bible study again after the Christmas break? What are you doing?