Nancy Leigh DeMoss: Do you ever show someone love so that they’ll love you back?
“I’ll make him his favorite meal, and then I’ll talk about my vacation ideas.”
Nancy: Years ago, I heard a great definition of love: Genuine love is totally giving myself to meet the needs of another person without expecting anything in return.
Now, I sometimes give to meet a need, but a lot of times I have a subtle, secret, hidden desire for that love to be reciprocated. I’m serving so that person will love me in return. But genuine love is giving of myself totally—maybe even sacrificially—for the benefit and the good of another person without expecting to get anything in return.
Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Then He went on to die for His enemies. Let’s ask God to help us love even when it doesn’t look like we’ll get anything back.
With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy Leigh DeMoss.