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L-O-V-E … Is there one particular way to love? Why should we love? How do we love? We have heard the Bible verse (Mark 12:31) that states we should love our neighbours as we have loved ourself. Can you love your neighbour in that manner? Or do you love only those people who are nice to you?
It is often common that you see people who love you only because you did things for them. This means that we don’t just love; there must be a reason to love. Someone can love you because you had bought French fries and grilled chicken for them maybe. In other words it is not common for someone to love you if you didn’t do anything for them. Manly love requires a condition, because there is always a reason to love. You may ask so, how do I love unconditionally?
This blog is to remind us that loving one another reflects how we love God.
1 John 4:20, “If a man says he loves God, and he hates his brother, he is a liar, because if he did not love his brother whom he had seen, he cannot love God whom he has not seen?
1. We may choose not to love our neighbours when they have wronged us.
It is not supposed to be like that because love keep no record of wrongs. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
When you love your neighbour, you should not look at their wrong.
God love us all the time, even though we wronged Him, He does not refuse to pour out His blessings upon us.
2. Love does not envy. Envy is the desire to possess the same advantage as another person. You can’t love who you envy, it is difficult because of the desire to be like them. Especially, in the area of gifting. Everybody has different gifting. One person can be fluent and eloquent in words which can give learning, understanding, and ableness to discern right from wrong. Another person can be gifted with a beautiful voice that can move the heavenly angels, another can be gifted in telling stories that gives wisdom and transform lives etc. We don’t have to be envious of our neighbors gifts.
When you love you are honoring God
Love comes with passion and within, and good faith. Love is not self-centered.
There is only one true way to love. The agape love, God kind of love. The question is how? God loves us unconditionally, He didn’t need a condition to love us, He chose to loves us, that is why He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us so that we can be saved. His love for us is not base on what we do or what we have done. In-fact we didn’t do anything to deserve His love.
1 John 4:19 NIV “We love because He first loved us.” We should love one another because God loves us first.
Again, loving someone is willing to sacrifice for that person. John 15:3, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” NLT
You could be a friend that goes to make sure everything is alright with another friend. Laying down yourself can mean you handling over something which belongs to you or shifting a possession of (something) from yourself to another person, for example in the sky train or bus, where you can hand over your sit to a senior or to a mother and her child. You can simply do simple things for people, help the needy, drive to the shop to get sweater for homeless man who needs one. You might be late for work, but 10 mins late doesn’t matter to you because you are able to prevent the homeless man from getting sick.
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