WHO DOESN'T WANT TO BE LOVED?
Humankind may not agree on much, but I think it is safe to say that most humans, if not all, share the common desire to be LOVED.
But because not of all of us have experienced positive earthly demonstration of love or have seen positive images of love growing up; unfortunately, some of us tend to struggle with love and not of all of us know how to love, nor receive love and/or respond to love.
Yet and still, Love is a every essential attribute of our Christian Identity. One might question why? Well, for starters 1 John 4:7-8 tells us that God is LOVE?
1 John 4:7-8 NIV “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
So, whether we have seen good earthly images of love or not, fortunately enough for us we can and should always look to God as our perfect example of love, when we need to.
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
What can we take away from what God did for us in John 3:16?
I believe one of the that best take away would be, That LOVE in its greatest form, is shown by our actions. Thanks be unto God, that he does not require as a such great sacrifice from us as John 3:16 because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice.
However, as both heirs and representatives of Christ, if we are to represent Christ properly here on earth then LOVE must be evident in all that we do. And according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind? It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”
But if we are honest, I am sure that all of us can admit that we have somewhere along the line falling sort on some, if not all the characteristics of Love yet I am sure that we all would agree that LOVE in its purest form, is uniquely beautiful.
Which brings us to our title question. Who doesn’t want to be LOVED? The answer is nobody. EVERYBODY wants to be loved.
Knowing this God demonstrated his perfect love to us first and then when asked he gave the following as his first and second greatest commandments in Matthew 22:36-39
Matthew 22:36-39 ““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Simply put, the verse commands us to Love God, Love Ourselves, and Love Others
These two commandments alone cover everybody. God did not leave anyone out and in our day-to-day busy lives we must all be ever so careful and intentional not to leave ANYONE out as well.
Hate is running rampant, and as a result the world is getting darker and darker by the day. Love is the only remedy for hate, and light is the only remedy for darkness.
Knowing this, we must set our affections on loving God, loving ourselves and loving others more rather than money, titles, and material things. As well as become increasingly intentional about walking in love, serving in love, speaking in love, and responding in love, so that our love can outshine hate and love can win once more.
Could you do a better job at loving the people in your life, as well as the people you encounter throughout your?
1 Peter 4:8 Love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
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