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Love Is A Gift From God
by Angie Lewis
11/17/2008 / Christian Living
You may be thinking how can love be a gift from God? We have been offered many spiritual gifts from God but if we don't have love when using the gifts, then what good is that to others? We can either accept the gift of love or reject it. When we don't love our neighbor are we accepting love or rejecting it? When we don't forgive others when they trespass against us, are we accepting love or rejecting it? Love is a gift because it can be denied.
To truly love someone takes great effort. We must know and receive God's love for us first before we can love others. Love is not something we are born with but something we learn through our rebirth and connection with God. In fact we must be born of God to "love" others in the proper ways.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
I believe that we cannot truly love our neighbors if we don't love God and understand His love for us; we must have a growing, personal relationship with Him. The bible tells us who God is - His personality and character. It details God's desire to have fellowship with the people He created through His coming to earth in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. The world was created because of love! We can deny this marvelous gift or accept it.
This is how God showed his love for us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. (1 John 4:9) God has given us so much to be thankful for. God created the sky, seas, and land for our enjoyment. He created the plants, animals and fish for our use, and He created human beings in His own image. God created all life because of His great love for us that is a gift!
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
Love is a gift from God because only something as precious and wonderful as God's love can help us to love someone who has wronged us. (Matthew 5:38-42)
Love is a gift from God because only God's love for us can encourage us to love our enemies when they have harmed us. (Matthew 5: 43-44)
There is no better gift you can give others than sharing your love with them. Realizing the wonderful concept of love and how to receive it for ourselves is when we understand the importance of loving our neighbor. Love is the key for living a righteous, peaceful lifestyle. And you will know that you are a child of God, doing His will in your own life, when you help others to receive God's love for themselves.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Love is the focus of ALL God's principles for us. In fact, Jesus Christ did not come to bring religion to the people, but peace and love the people have created religion and it has caused hatred, bitterness, and dissension among believers. That is not what Christ is all about. God is LOVE. (1 John 4:16)
It is a Christ Ones duty to love his fellow man. That means to put aside differences, turn the other cheek, and to forgive over and over again. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:10)
Love is not what makes us feel giddy with desire and lust for someone else.
Love is principled actions that Jesus taught on the Sermon on the Mount and throughout the rest of the New Testament. The world has confused love with lust and it has corrupted society. Sex is not love. Attraction is not love. Desire is not love.
To truly love another with the "gift of love" takes substantial actions on our part. Real love takes effort.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:9-13)
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