A word that is easily bandied about, here and there.
We love this, and we love that.
It is a popular word that is used to describe our pleasure in anything from the weather to food.
But when it comes to the type of love that the Bible talks about, do we really love?
We are told in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (GNB) that we could have all types of talents and do all manner of good deeds, but it would be worth nothing if we did not have genuine love one for the other.
“I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains — but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burnt — but if I have no love, this does me no good.”
Friends, if we love God and asked Him to abide in us, shouldn’t we be conduits of His love?
Let’s do a check-up, shall we.
If we say we love, what does that love look like?
When evaluating our interactions with others…
Are we patient? Are we kind?
Are we jealous, arrogant, or proud?
Are we rude, selfish or quick-tempered?
Do we hold grudges?
Do we prefer to hear good news (and rejoice at others’ blessings) or do we prefer to hear plans for revenge and rejoice at evil?
Finally, can we be described as hopeful, loyal, and persevering?
Now let us review our answers [if we were honest].
Do we need to ask God to help us to truly love others?
Most times when we say we love something, it is connected to a feeling.
But feelings are fickle, and something we ‘love’ now, we may not ‘love’ later. It is always changing.
God’s love for us, agape love, goes beyond feelings. And it never changes.
It is a love that we cannot comprehend.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
We can hardly wrap our minds around what God has done for us.
Thankfully, He doesn’t ask us to understand it, just accept it.
Similarly, we won’t understand why we should treat others in such a way, especially the ones who aren’t very nice to us; especially when we don’t feel like it.
But we are commanded to.
In Luke 6:27b we are told, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
Now won’t that take a supernatural, extraordinary, non-human kind of love?
In John 15:12 we read, “This is My commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.”
And to top it off, here’s the crux of the matter, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20
So let us get serious.
Let us stop throwing this love word around.
Instead let us start acting like we mean it.
With God’s help, in Jesus’s name, anything and everything is possible.
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