// Come be the fire inside of me. Come be the flame upon my heart. Come be the fire inside of me. Until you and I are one. //

You Won’t Relent: Misty Edwards

Love stands with arms wide open, filled with compassion.

We’re already halfway through February! Which also means this series will soon be coming to a close. If you haven’t read Reckless Love, or Tough Love you definitely won’t regret it. Today we are going to discover what it is to be relentless. It may be a bit longer than our regular posts, but you won’t want to miss out.

How can we show a relentless pursuit of love? Everyone has a passion. Whether or not that’s related to Jesus, it’s ok. Some are passionate about sports, some fashion, some video games, yet others food. What about pets, vehicles, music or even art?

Yes, all these can be passions. But not limited to what you may be passionate about. If you love it, I guarantee you’ll be one to know all about it. Let someone test your knowledge! That is the definition of being relentless. Merriam-Webster states:

”showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace.”

In other words, you won’t stop loving it. You love with all you have. Now what if you change your “passion” for something are you truly relentless in loving your passionate subject?

Ah, this is where we will begin to separate the love of worldly things vs the love of righteousness. While the things you love may not be bad, it can come to an end. Loving things is this world will pass away, but that which is righteous will remain forever. 1 John 2:27.

Imagine your favorite sports player decides to retire. Never to pick up the sport again. Does that mean your passion for your team is over? Not really. It just changes. You may pick another player to fawn over, or continue to love the player just different than once was.

Now, what would the pursuit of righteousness look like? We can turn to Galatians 5: 22-23.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Those listed are things that never change. Whether you know Jesus as Lord & Savior or not. These drive us, we all want these things. We want to feel loved. We want to have joy. So forth & so on. There’s no coincidence the stereotype of beauty pageant questions never changes.

“If you could have one thing in the world, what would it be?”

WORLD PEACE!!

So what does being “relentless” have anything to do with that? Well, I’m glad you asked. I want to bring up another parable to you. Which remember parables are stories in the Bible that help us understand more about life.

We will be reading from Luke 15: 11-32.

“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. ’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:11-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We start off with a loving father. 2 sons with two different personality types. We will focus on the younger son for the sake of this post today.

We continue on verse 14-16, tells us the state of which the son wasted his money. We see a man filthy, living with the pigs. He ate what they ate. Pigs!! Verse 17-19, shows us his plan to be once again loved by his father. Hired help, was the best he could imagine for himself. He thought his worth was found in his possessions. His passions changed. From worldly extravagance to humble desire to be loved.

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This is our example of being relentless. To love without bitterness, hurt, or anger. The father had every reason to be infuriated with his son. A damaged reputation, wasted funds, but his love for his son was greater to him than the worldly things he lost & could not provide.

“for this, my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You see in the verses in-between 20-24, the father receives this broken man as his son. Calling forth a celebration. The symbolism here is the son took what the world had to offer. Pleasing his flesh, himself, & the world spit him back out when he couldn’t provide anymore. His passion to be the best, rich, & famous changed. He knew his father treated even the lowest of his house workers with dignity & respect.

To be like the father. That in which allowed the son to make his choices, walk those out, & still remain opened armed for him. Because for the father it wasn’t what he could give. It was that he returned. He sought the righteousness & the fruits of the spirit. The son was repentant for his actions. The son just wanted to be loved again.

While the story continues with the older son, we will leave here with these remarks. God is running to you. As the father came open-armed, he waits for us to make that turnaround. Whether this is your first time or your thousandth time. He remains arms wide open. Ready to love you. All of Heaven celebrates when you return to the kingdom of God. “Once dead, now alive again!!”

The one caution to his grace is that his love is not a ticket to do sin freely & expect the grace to flow like it once was. With knowledge comes responsibility. In which your repentance means to close the doors to your old ways & not return to it. It doesn’t mean you won’t slip up because we are human. It means you don’t blatantly sin & expect everything to be hunky dory.

Though when those who truly come ready to turn from their sin, the arms are openly running to you. So back to being relentless. On the other scale of things. There are people who struggle with this thought. To run after someone in “sin.” That’s where we as Christians become relentless in our love for others.

People will hate you. They will mock you. They will scorn you. To be relentless in love despite what they do, you can choose to love them. Finding boundaries to keep you safe, but loving them the way you were once lead to Christ.

Being relentless in love doesn’t mean you’re a pushover. It doesn’t mean you have to be a frontline warrior to save every last person that does you wrong. Being relentless in love is a lifestyle of walking His love out. It’s allowing Christ in you to shine. It means when you walk into a room people want to be like Jesus, because of the way you live your life.

Next week we close with John 3:16. The reason we love. As mentioned earlier this may have been a bit longer than most. We felt this was what Jesus wanted to share. You hear about people being relentless in other areas of life. Good or bad. Why not be relentless for Jesus?

If you’ve found this enjoyable, please like, share! If you’ve got a testimony of how these posts are transforming your life, we’d love to hear that too! Until next time, peace & blessings!!