Do you struggle with understanding why God tells us to love others? is there someone you are having a hard time showing love to? God tells us to love the people around us, and not just our friends and family, but everyone. Yes, even our enemies, for in showing them love you may cause them to think twice. (Proverbs 25:21-22)
I invite you to read Luke 7:36-50 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 along with this study. We will be referencing 1 Corinthians 13 again over the next few weeks.
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At the feet of Him
The unnamed woman who washed the feet of Jesus with costly perfume and dried them with her own hair was simply referred to as a sinner. Though no name was given for this woman, she is known for her humility and show of love for Jesus. When the guests at the dinner party saw her as a sinner, Jesus saw a repentant child of God. He forgave her “many” sins because she had “much love.”
“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.””
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
When you love someone, you give them a gift nothing else can compare to. This is the gift God gave us when He sent His son to die for our sins. It was a love that came at the greatest cost. Loving others isn’t always easy, sometimes it’s very hard, but we love them because God loves us so much and He has set us an example to live by. We cannot repay the gift of grace and forgiveness that has been given to us, but we can show others how much that gift is worth and how we value it.
Love is so important to God that He tells us nothing else is important unless we have it. Our voices, no matter how beautiful, are not pleasing to God’s ears if we do not have, give, or show love. Not the couples-on-Valentine’s Day kind of love, or the secret-hidden kind of love, it’s the sincere, heart felt caring for others and showing compassion and grace to them in our daily lives that counts. We amount to nothing if we cannot give love as God has told us. No personal achievements, amazing talents or polished skills can represent us to God as righteous women.
I can give my last cent to the poor and sacrifice my last meal but it’s all worthless. Remember, we cannot compare to the Love God has already shown us by His sacrifice on the cross. If we try to give up of ourselves, we are saying in turn that His sacrifice is not enough and that is not ok! I don’t have to suffer for the people I care about in order to show them Gods love. What I can do, is show them compassion, forgiveness, patience, and teach them about the loving ways of my God.
“We love Him because He first loved us.”
Remember, God showed us why we love, by loving and sacrificing for us long before we were born. Let’s make a point of showing that love to someone this week.
“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.”
this may be a familiar craft but I wanted to share it again since it fits so well. These bible book marks make a great gift and are a helpful reminder of the things we want to share with others. wether you use them in your own bible or share them with someone else, I hope you will enjoy making them.
Have a beautiful and blessed day.