The British Underground – what Americans call the subway, has signs posted that read, “Mind the Gap.” It reminds riders to pay attention to the gap between the curb and the subway car. In other words, be careful.
It’s also a good tool for Christians. When there’s a “love gap” between what we desire and experience from another person, it’s important to mind the gap – to be careful.
1 Corinthians 13:7
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
“Bears all things…..endures all things” implies there will be difficulties, but that love remains amid such turmoil. When there’s a gap in desire and experience, mind the gap and fill it with trust. As Pastor Brad preached on Sunday, what you choose to believe and do when there is a gap, may have a bigger impact on the relationship than the gap itself.
When you aren’t receiving the love you desired, and having to “bear and endure,” have trust. Choose to trust.
How might you respond when confronted with the gaps in experiences you have with others?
How might you fill those gaps with not just trust but more love?
Jesus, we’ve never experienced a gap in our love from you and in you. And yet, as the hymnist wrote, “Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love,” we can be unfaithful in our love for you and towards others. Forgive us when we are faithless. Forgive the gaps in our love towards you.
Help us and have mercy on us by teaching and purifying us – and our love for you. We know that if we love you as we should, that love will flow to others. Amen.