Love God And Others, You Can’t Go Wrong!
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The most important thing in the world is family and love. ~ John Wooden
Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Remember that God has given each of us free will and brains to think with and use as we see fit. Also, keep in mind that the devil wants to steal, kill, and destroy each one of us. So, walk close with God each day and remember this. In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love! ~ Bill Greguska
There are four types of love…1. Storge—empathy bond. 2. Philia—friend bridge. 3. Eros—erotic relationship. 4. Agape—unconditional “God” love.
The Greatest Witness of God’s Compassion For Us!
Love Makes Life Worth Living!
Love is not necessarily a feeling as many people think; it is a decision made with the intellect followed by emotions.
It is like a train engine being like the intellect or mind, and the caboose is the feelings that follow.
God has given us life and freedom to choose right from wrong, good from evil, and equipped us with everything we need for life and godliness.
God is so very extraordinary that He gave his life for us by dying on the cross for our sins. There is nothing more significant than that!
There is no greater love than what God gives us! Parents typically take great care of their children, but that is no comparison to our heavenly Father towards us.
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- Does God love everyone or just Christians?
- Is it true that love covers a multitude of sins?
- How do we love one another?
- What does the Bible say about love?
- Why does God love us?
Pastor Charles Stanley Says:
- It is more than an emotion. It’s a genuine commitment to another person.
- It is not free. It demands something of us. We can’t live for ourselves in isolation and, at the same time, love someone else.
- It looks beyond the flesh. Its focus is the heart and spirit of a person, not the external appearance. The connection is both emotional and cerebral, not merely a physical attraction.
- Lust has nothing to do with genuine love. Our world has substituted passion for love, which has become very obvious in the sexual revolution, continuing to this day. Lust is focused on self—what I want or need from the other person. But love is concerned for the loved one—what I can do for them.
- It cannot be bought. It’s a gift that is given freely and one that is received without cost.
- It desires to give with no strings attached. It doesn’t demand that the other person be certain or do what is desired before love is shared. Genuine love is freely bestowed without qualifications or requirements.
- It is generous and unselfish. True love is other-centered, not self-centered. It’s always looking for ways to give, not ways to get.
- It is more fulfilled in giving than in receiving. Those who genuinely love others find great satisfaction in generously giving to them. They are especially gratified when they can supply what someone else needs or desires.
- It is forgiving. Carrying the weight of anger, resentment, bitterness, or jealousy chokes a person’s spirit and hinders the ability to connect with others truly.
- It desires to express itself. It is demonstrative and must be expressed. When God’s love is in us, it flows out in sacrificial giving.
- It is a happy emotion. The happiest people do not have everything money can buy, but those who know how to love.
- It enjoys seeing others happy. That’s because the focus is not on getting for self but on sacrificing for others. In witnessing the pleasure others experience, there is great enjoyment.
- It is fulfilling and enables us to feel complete. Knowing how to give and receive love provides us with a sense of completeness, competence, and worthiness.
- It hurts when others hurt. Genuine love is characterized by compassion and mercy expressed either through direct interaction or more distantly through prayer.
- It does not keep accounts. There is no record of who did what for whom. Love is not a matter of paying and receiving but of giving without expectation of return.
- It may be very painful. This is especially true if it isn’t mutual. It may require repeated forgiveness.
- It doesn’t require anything in return. There are no conditions or requirements placed on the other person before love is freely given.
- It is patient. It waits until the proper time, whereas lust wants immediate gratification. If ultimatums are given, it’s not genuine.
- Christ’s death on the cross is the perfect example of love. Jesus came into the world. He loved to give His life as a ransom for sin, yet few people loved Him in return. When we continue to love unresponsive, ungrateful people, we are following Christ’s example. This is possible because after we accept Him as our Savior and Lord, He pours His love into our hearts, enabling us to love others no matter how ugly they behave toward us.
- Knowing that we are loved by God and being able to love Him in return is an amazing blessing. It sustains us when we feel forsaken and unloved by others. And if loved ones die or leave us, we have a friend who will never desert us.
Love isn’t found in advice from magazines, books, or people.
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