Love is a verb. It requires choice and action.
The Bible tells us to love as God has loved us. God is love, love comes from God, and those who are loving and kind show they belong to God. If a person isn't loving and kind, it shows they don’t know God or belong to Him.
But it isn’t only about our love for God. It’s also about His love for us. God's love sent Jesus into this wicked world to make a way for us to have eternal life through His death, burial, and resurrection. Since God loved us that much, we ought to love each other.
God is the source of our love, not us. Those who accept Jesus have access to His love through the power of His Holy Spirit living in them.
The Spirit helps us bite our tongue and speak the truth in love instead of lashing out against others. He helps us be patient with those who irritate us, seek justice instead of our own personal glory, and see others as worthy of love and respect. He also keeps us from being jealous, boastful, proud, rude, irritable, self-seeking, mean-spirited, hateful, retaliatory, short-tempered, and plain obnoxious.
Choose to love others, and let them see God’s love through you.
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Sandy Kirby Quandt is a freelance writer and follower of Jesus with a passion for history, travel, and photography—passions that often weave their way into her stories and articles. Sandy has written numerous articles and stories for adult and children’s publications. Looking for words of encouragement or gluten-free recipes? Then check out Woven and Spun. www.sandykirbyquandt.com. Sandy and her husband live in Texas.