Love is a strong word that many have opinions on. Some view love as a feeling or group of sensations, or a kind of devotion. The bible has some things to say about love that every person needs to know.
First and foremost, the bible tells us;
“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears in not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:15-19
Connect to the Love
First, we connect to the love God has offered to humanity by accepting the truth that His son Jesus Christ was offered as a sacrifice for our sins. Our sins are the ways we come against God in our imperfection and breaking of his will.
When we accept and acknowledge Jesus Christ’s sacrifice has atoned for our sins we are forgiven in God’s eyes. Through this acknowledgement God lives in us, and we in Him. This begins a relationship with love. God is love, and we come to know him on a daily basis by taking steps to get our faith strong and active.
Do Everything In Love
As we come to know God He teaches us His ways, and His ways are loving. The bibles tells us we are to
“Do everything in Love.”- 1 Corinthians 16:14
Jesus gave clear direction about doing everything in love. He said,
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this; Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Love One Another
“Love one another as I have loved you.” To know how Jesus loved us we need to consider that he sacrificed his life for us. While we may not be asked to die for one another, we do have the opportunity to abandon selfishness and give of ourselves for one another.
We can give our time to listen to a friend who needs someone to confide in. We can watch a friend’s kids so they can have that night out they’ve been needing. We can give up some of the unnecessary things in our lives to make more time for carrying the gospel, knowing that truly laying down our lives and being a friend to mankind means bringing them closer to God.
We do what we can to be of service to others. We can give selflessly wherever possible. That’s what Jesus did. He walked the extra mile. He washed his friends feet. He fed them, he healed them, he spoke truth to them. We too can minister to the sick, feed our friends, and speak truth in love.
The Holy Spirit, imparted to those who accept Jesus as their personal Lord and savior is the spirit of truth. He will give you discernment into situations, scripture and day-to-day life events. He will give you the energy you need to meet the tasks you are facing, and the words you need to speak lovingly to others. He will help you to do all things in love.
Though we strive to do all things in love, it is God’s love that saves us, not anything we do. We can’t earn love from God or the pardon he gives us through Jesus. It is a free gift.
The bible tells us,
“Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”-Lamentations 3:22-24
I love that Jehovah is my portion. It’s like I don’t know how much you’re getting, but I’m getting an omnipotent bundle of joy and love thank you very much, so yes, I will wait for him! I also love that his compassions are new every morning. Scripture is basically telling us that God meets us every morning with fresh compassion in his heart, ready to be there for us tenderly. Now that’s love.
I can tell you from experience that God has met me every morning ready to be kind, meet my needs, forgive me, and instruct me, regardless of what mistakes I have made. There have been times when God has been observing me quietly, but God has never left my side. He has always provided the people, time, resources, and instruction I need at each specific time in my life.
There is no love like the love of God. I pray you know Him, love Him and serve Him.
By: Erica Rose Shannon