I love tea. I love my mom. I love Jesus.
So many different levels and different meanings for love.
Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourself, to love our God with all our heart, soul, mind, & strength.
So, what does this look like?
As a follower of Christ, this is a journey and I’m not seeing the end of the road any time soon. That’s because there is not an end. Just as our knowledge for God is ever-growing, so should our desire to love be never-ending.
Now I may be the only one who has a problem with loving the world’s slowest driver when I’m already five minutes late for work or the annoying neighbor across the street who always has something rude to say, but chances are slim you have never wanted to yell at the poor lady who actually doesn’t have 20 items or less!
There is no five step formula on how to love others just overnight. But God does give us plenty of encouragement and reminders of why and how we should love. And the number one best example is found in the book of Romans.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
Love is selfless.
1 Corinthians paints a beautiful picture of what love truly is..
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given is this: examine your heart on a daily basis. Am I patient and kind or am I proud and self-seeking? Is my love for others based on what they can do for me?
Thankfully for every single born-again Christian, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us constantly giving us the ability to love.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” -Galations 5:22-26
God has given us everything we need to be able to LOVE. Selflessly, faithfully, truthfully, and righteously.
Own up to it. Live it out. Now. There is someone God has placed in your life who YOU need to love. Take this opportunity!! You never know what one random act of love could do..
Love you. Mean it : )