The Power of Love
by Ginny McCabe
God loves each of us unconditionally, but sometimes in human terms, unconditional love can be rare. Whether it’s in our social circles with friends, personal lives with family, in our own spiritual lives, ministries or careers—love doesn’t wait for us to catch up, or get on board with what’s happening around us. Being Christ-like, we should always be equipped to love, and allow that love to drive our actions. Like the cultural icons, we tend to look up to, my mother is one of those heroes who has taught me a lot about love and its true meaning.
My mother has always inspired me. Regardless of the situation or circumstance, she has continually shown me unconditional love in real and practical ways. She understands the power of love. In good times and bad, she has demonstrated the real meaning of Christ’s love.
As a mother, and as a person who always sees the best in others, she consistently presses on toward the good. Her attitude has remained loving and positive, even during life’s greatest adversities. I strive to be that same kind of person with a pure heart, who serves as a role model to others.
Scripture reminds us to embrace a lifestyle of unconditional love. In 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 (NIV), the first few verses read, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing…”
Those verses reinforce the value of unconditional love. For me, my mother has served as a real-life example. Each of us experience love, pain, drama, joy, excitement and other heights and depths of human emotion. Whether it’s in the day-to-day interaction with others, or in the soul searching and the making of our best character traits, I believe that we must be ready and able to both give and receive love, in light of whatever life has in store for us.
A strong faith and God’s hand on my life have been driving forces, which have helped me become the person I am today. I couldn’t have come this far without His unfaltering love for me and the unconditional love of the people who are closest to me. By continually expressing love in tangible ways, my parents and close friends have been instrumental in helping me to evaluate my values, beliefs and goals.
Whether in life in general, or in our ability to give and receive love, we are often so busy looking for the next best thing, or the perfect solution that we miss the opportunities that are before us. Let’s not overlook the opportunities God places in front of us There is power in love, and whatever you face in life, it can carry you through.
“Love Is” is a poem that I penned to remind myself about the power of unconditional love.
Love is hard,
Love is tough,
I wonder if I give enough?
Love takes work and time,
For love to become refined.
Love is blind to imperfection,
Love is open to change,
It involves a heart that’s not afraid.
Let me love,
All I can,
Freely without demand.
– Ginny McCabe
Ginny McCabe is a bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher. Her work can be seen in publications like Journal-News, Reuters and O, The Oprah Magazine. She serves as president on the board of Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. Ginny is also a member of ONA, NARAS, Christian Author’s Network and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Secrets Young Women Keep is an ECPA Silver Medallion winner and has been featured on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller Lists. Ginny was named “Best Freelance Writer” in 2018 and a Kiplinger Fellow in 2019. Connect with Ginny at www.ginnymccabe.com and on Twitter @ginnymccabe.