1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
God has always and will forever love you. He is patient with us and cares deeply with all His heart that we make good decisions and put Him first in everything we do. There is so much hate in this world that we are blinded by it. To see and hear all the tragedies that take place in this world, can make it hard to love people that choose to do wrong and take lives.
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:44-45.
So if I feel that I am lacking in true Godly love, then I can pray to God that He can show me how I gain more of it. I need to be willing to give up my own self-will and think of the others before myself.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
When we think of love it’s easy to think about good feelings. But real love is not dependent on feelings. It is about so much more than how I feel about someone. Whether it is romantic love, a member of my family, a friend, a co-worker, so often love is given and received based on what I myself get out of it. But what do I do when it costs me something to love someone? How does the Bible tell us to love?
“Love is long-suffering and kind. It does not envy; does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth: bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
So, what is love then? When I can do all these things in spite of my feelings, regardless of someone’s actions, that is love. I do not feel loving when I am tempted to anger, to impatience, to seek my own, to believe the worst, to give up on someone. But when I deny these feelings and rejoice, am long-suffering, humble myself, bear with someone, endure all things – that is true love. Love lays down its life, those natural reactions and demands that are a part of human nature, and expects nothing in return.
“Greater love has no man than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13
Do your best to be loving, patient, and kindhearted to all. Jesus has been with you all this time.
Written by Tamera Boynton
Before you begin a task large or small take time to pray about it. By doing so, you acknowledge your need to Me and your trust that I will help you. This enables you to go about your work in dependence on Me. There are many benefits to this practice. I can guide your mind as you think things out and make decisions. Just knowing I am involved in what you’re doing give you confidence, reducing stress. It’s wise to thank Me often for My help and to keep asking Me to guide you along the best pathway. Though the Bible instructs you to pray continuously, at times you ignore this teaching. When you’re feeling rushed, you find it hard to slow down enough to seek My perspective on the work at hand. However, diving in and forging ahead on your own is actually counterproductive. When you request My involvement before you begin, I can point you in the right direction saving precious time and energy. I delight in helping you with everything, even simple tasks because you are My beloved. Colossians 3:23 Psalm 32:8 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Song Of Songs 6:3
Shared by Sarah Young, Jesus Always