“Love”, a word that immediately raises emotions on one side or another; good or bad. The moment you hear the word, “love”, do not you have people that mean the world to you personally come to mind? Don’t you also have people come to mind that cause you to think, “I could never love this person”?
Let’s face it, some folks are easy to love. My mother-in-law is just one of those people. She’s always loving towards me, helpful, gives great advice and I really like her son with all my heart. My mother is just another one – she’s my mom and she instructed me to work hard and that family is important. My husband, children and grandchildren, Aunts, Uncle and many friends all fit on my easy to love listing.
Now, we all have people in our lives that are not easy to love. A perplexing thing about love, in the sense of loving all others, comes down to a person’s definition of love. For many people, when they think of “love”, it is defined to include sexual relations. This definition has been part of our society since the start of time.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic for the word love to always evoke Truth in everyone’s mind and heart? Truth, that everybody is created by the God of the Universe and is made in His image.
– Love has to be sincere ~ how often do you tell somebody you love them because it’s whats expected? Sincere? Maybe.
~ Devotion? Honor others above yourself? Putting others first automatically honors them. Sometimes I am very tired and would just like to sit and rest. An interruption almost always occurs about the time I get comfortable. I have never been sorry when I’ve gotten up to help one of my children, grandchildren, Animal control near me, or a friend that had to speak.
And, that God wants to hear their heartfelt prayers. He would like to listen to your love for Him and where you need His help in your life. Pray with the individual to help them begin.
– Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. ~ People are not nice sometimes. Even downright rude. We live in a fallen world; period. Despite the fact that this is true, we have a decision to make when people behavior poorly towards us. What we are to do, the choice we are to make is very apparent in this scripture. It’s not about, “I have the right to be impolite because that person was rude to me.” Not at all.
– Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. ~ When we love people as the uniquely purposely designed beings that they are, we discuss in their victories and their sorrows. We stand at their side whatsoever.
– Live in harmony with each other. ~ Definitely easier said than done if your mind and heart aren’t in the ideal place toward loving others and placing that love into action. You are responsible for you doing what you can to live in harmony with others.
It can happen so easily, that a position or degree of authority makes us think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. There’s absolutely not any problem being proud of a promotion as long as you stay humble – recognizing that God has given you the skills to do the work and has blessed you with the position. And, more than anything, that we are all equal in His eyes. Welcome His children who are not part of your “crowd”.
– Do not be conceited. ~ Others will see your life as something other than the fact of the Lord when your actions are prompted by conceit. This can cause someone to never want to know Christ. That would be a catastrophe.
– Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. ~ this might be among the toughest things we are asked to perform in the bible. Consider the example of Christ’s death. Never has there been a situation for any people that even comes close in which a human should be able to repay evil for evil. But, we’re clearly told not to. There’s a ideal response for every situation on this earth. Choose what is right.
– If it’s possible, as far as it depends upon you, live at peace with everybody. ~ Although some people do not make living in peace easy, remember this scripture says; “as far as it depends upon you. You do not have to answer for any other person, but you do have to answer for you. Stay at a place where you choose peace, no matter what the other persons chooses.
How often have you been there and how many times has that worked out really and truly well for you? God is love and he created us to be love. Revenge isn’t love. That is why only the Creator of all are the one to avenge those who have done us wrong. He does not need this in our nature.
~ How much more can you show love than by fulfilling the needs of another human being – particularly one who has worked to be your enemy. It doesn’t matter what they do with your offerings. You have to do your part with a pure heart motivated by love. Otherwise, there isn’t any point at all.
– Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Repaying someone who has hurt you by you hurting them, only deepens the wounds and lengthens the opportunities for resolution; perhaps indefinitely.
Loving others will certainly be a challenge sometimes. Remember, that you have a choice in how you see the challenge and how you cope with it. View the challenge as an opportunity to cleanse your heart and to demonstrate the love of Christ. You will grow considerably in your walk with the Lord and you maturity as a real person.