How Do We Love?
God loves all His people. His word teaches us:
What love is (1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Why we should love (1 John 4:19)
When we should love (1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Who we should love (Luke 6:32)
And How we should love (1 John 3:18)
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It's no surprise that #Love is a main topic of discussion in the Bible because it is so very important. If God can love me and show me love and mercy in spite if all my failings, then I can learn from His example and do the same fro others. Sometimes Love is putting my pride aside for someone I don’t like or trust. Sometimes love is sacrificing for someone who’s needs are greater than mine. Sometimes live is simply staying silent when my opinion will do harm instead of good. But, love itself and how to freely give it to others is not something I can accomplish completely on my own. I need God’s help. I need His guidance and direction, and sometimes I need Him to give me strength when loving someone becomes difficult.
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
I must always remember that showing love means more than just putting on a show. If I do anything without sincerity, does it have any value? What good is my love if no effort stands behind it? Just as love in a marriage takes effort on both sides, love of any kind should not be an afterthought or flippant action. It should be genuine. I wouldn’t rescue a dog in the street simply because it was in my way. I would try to help it out of concern for its well being. Love shown in any situation should be an act of caring.
“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,”
No matter who God calls me to love #today, I can be assured that His love is for EVERYONE and mine should be too. The smelly people in the subway, the nosy neighbor across the street, the coworker who makes me bite my tongue daily, all these deserve God’s love and as His child, I need to show them His love.
““Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.”
Showing mercy may not seem like an act of love but God showed us the ultimate mercy by allowing His son to die for our sins. I can not compare to His sacrifice, but I can show mercy in my life as well. Sometimes mercy is as simple as forgiving someone for past wrongs.
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
I pray today that all God’s children will show love to others in-spite of what might be holding them back. Political differences, religious beliefs, and personal opinions aside, we are all God’s children.
““For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Matthew 6:14 NKJV
Here is the final link to finish your Valentine's Day Heart and card filled with Bible verses about love. I really enjoyed creating this craft and I hope you will enjoy putting it together. if you are lost on how to put your card together, check out this video for a look at how I assembled mine. Be creative and have fun Little sparrows.
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