Every time I feel called to write on the topic of love; I always get very motivated. This is my favorite topic to write about. I get excited about this topic because it is everything that the Bible stands for. In this post, I have 4 points to share, all of which are simply a reminder to love:
1. The greater our love is for God, the more projected it will be in our actions toward those around us.
In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest of them all. He answered giving two commandments. Love God, and love people. That is because these two commands go hand in hand. If we are in love with God, others will see and feel the effects of that love. Devote time to spend time with God. Fall more in love with Him; on this you will set the foundation for how you love others around you.
2. Love is a verb; without action, it is merely a word.
In order to love people around you, action has to be behind the word. What are you doing to show the love of God to those around you? Mathew 25:34-40 talks about what you do for the least of the people around, you do for God. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Take a minute to read this passage of scripture; remember to treat everyone as if they were Jesus.
3. Love people for who they are instead of judging them for who they are not.
Good deeds are not everything, but they are required when you are going to extend love to someone. What good deeds are you doing, in the name of love, for the people around you each day? This can be very difficult to do at times; some people you may encounter throughout your day can be very rude, mean and (or) thoughtful. However, it is very important to remember that, as believers, we need to show love regardless of the actions of an individual. If you only love those that love you back; is it truly love? Remember the people that are the most difficult to love.
4. What really changes people is the realization of God’s love.
Sharing the gospel with someone is a great thing to do, but the gospel itself is not what changes someone. What truly changes people is the understanding that Jesus came and died for THEM. What changes people is the understanding that what is written in the gospel is about them, not someone else. As believers, it is up to us to make this known to others through how we treat them. If we could learn to love in a greater capacity, the world would become a difference place because more people would come to this realization that the Bible is talking about them.
I encourage you to take some time today to read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. More powerful than anything that I could ever write is the word of God. Take 3 minutes and read it; it is such a powerful reminder. If you can remember to do one thing today, remember to love God and the people that He places in your path today.