Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
The Word of God breathes the spirit of love. God is love. There are over 440 references to love in the Bible. Our Christian faith is based on love: a love that sacrificed His life so we could live.
In 1 John 3:23 we read that there is a new commandment from God, that we should believe on his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another.
It's not always easy to love and sometimes it's easier not to love. Or is it? Often the consequences of not loving others as we should can be destructive to ourselves and those we do love.
How often do we choose not to love someone because of their behavior, lifestyle or simply being afraid to love them? I have a couple of friends that fear being hurt. They have chosen not to love, and in doing so have cut themselves off from so many who love them. They believe they are happy and don't need love from others. I find their choice to be a very sad and lonely one.
If God is love and we are to live in love, we need to rethink His commandments.
If there's someone in your life you are struggling to show love to, ask God to reveal how you can. Seek His wisdom in dealing with those who hurt you or agitate you and show them His love today.
Be encouraged 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Father, in your great mercy, help me to show your love to those who I find hard to love. Help me forgive those who have not shown love and grace to me so they may see Jesus in my life. Amen.
Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible
Chrissy Siggee is the author of 'Glimpses of His Glory', a collection of her poetry, devotions, pencil illustrations and nature photos. - SORRY - SOLD OUT!
Chrissy is also the author of the teen novel 'Out of the Shadows - Jenna's Secret.' http://chrissysiggee.com/shadows/