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Because of Jesus: I Risk Loving Others

Welcome to week 3 in the Because of Jesus blog series. This series aims to keep our minds on the difference Jesus’ power and love creates in our lives. Enjoy today’s post from my dear friend and sister Louisiana College alum, Angie Battle.

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:18

My ever-inquisitive son David asked me, “Momma, what’s a force field?” I explained to him in my best pseudo-Trekkie way that it’s an invisible electric wall to keep people or things from going in…or going out. While saying this, I had an image of Mr. Spock raising his hands to a door opening only to realize painfully (dramatized by very special effects and great acting) that he couldn’t leave the room he was confined to.

I grew up a very poor, clunky-looking, short kid. Any one of those three descriptors would have put a “pick on me” sign on my back, but sporting the trio of troublesome issues? Yeah, it was bad. I did what a lot of people do as a result: I put up an invisible force field to protect my fragile, little heart. I say invisible because to most people I seemed outgoing and downright friendly. However, I was quick to criticize and lash out with arsenic-laced words that would put folks in their place if I sensed impending harm to me.

Jesus showed me that force field was not just keeping people from reaching my heart; it was keeping the love poured into my heart by Him from flowing out purely. He revealed a chasm between my self-protective tendencies and His fierce pursuit of people’s hearts.  I longed to please Him, but I knew the only way I could do that is to love the way He loves…genuinely and fearlessly. So I prayed an honest prayer from the depths of my soul: “Jesus, help me love like you do.”

Because of Jesus, I have shifted from shielding my own heart with sharp words and a careless attitude.  Because of Jesus, I give my heart freely because He’s given His so freely to me.

Because of Jesus, I love.

Angie Battle, author of From the Rooftops, the blogAngie Battle currently lives with her husband and six-year-old son in Georgia. She teaches the coolest fourth graders in the world! God’s also given her other avenues of serving Him including being part of the women’s ministry leadership team at her church and writing her blog, From the Rooftops. She is crazy in love with Jesus and is convinced her passion for people comes straight from our Father’s heart for them (that includes you).

Other posts in the Because of Jesus series include:
Tracee’s Story of HopeMelissa’s Journey into the Word

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About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

9 Replies

  1. Oh, my dear! God has done a wondrous work in you!! I don’t recognize at all the girl you describe at the beginning. The one I know overflows with love. Jesus pours out of you in refreshing buckets. LOVE you.

  2. Jennifer White

    I agree. I’ve known her for over 20 years and never seen this in her. Jesus has been loving through her a LONG time.

  3. Great job Angie putting into words what so many of us have felt / still feel. Thanks for allowing your heart to break for others – when you get to heaven you’ll see the vast crowd that received what God was able to release through your unplugged force field – much love to you sister!.

  4. Beautiful post, Angie. I want to love like Jesus, too. It is risky but so worth it.

    Blessings!

  5. Thanks for sharing your post. We all have a tendency to put up walls of protection around ourselves. Thanks for reminding us that not only are we keeping people out, but we are holding ourselves back by keeping our self in bondage. Christ is the only one who can help us tear down these barriers. Blessings, Deborah

    1. Jennifer White

      You are so right Deborah. I learned from Germaine Copeland’s book, Prayers that Avail Much, that I can pray for God to break down the walls with his battling ram of revelation! Then we can enjoy life from His perspective.

  6. Louanne Dietrich

    Thank you for the “wall” word picture! I appreciate your story! Praise be to our God Almighty! Your complete freedom to love and laugh and reach out to others is a picture of a newly Windex-ed window today! I love you friend!

  7. Haelie

    You’re such the cool Trekkie mama! 😉 Seriously though, your childhood sounds a lot like mine. And look at us now…shouting His love and truth from the rooftops! We’ve come a long way, baby…and only by the grace of God.

    (Oh, and Geaux Tigers!!!)