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Love Is An Awesome Concept – If We Could Only Live a Life of Love!

1 John 4:11-12

11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Love is a word that many of us have said to someone – even a bunch of people.  Some of us say it to family members.  Some of us have said it because it was said to us.  Some have used it as a means of getting something from someone.

A whole generation was once called the love generation because they tried to love everyone (not always with great results – often aided by sex and drugs).  Love is an emotion for some and a decision by others.  Love is a word often used too often in the wrong way.

News flash – I am not always lovable.  I know that is not news to those who know me – but it might be to others.  This might be news as well – you are not always lovable either.  I think I can boldly declare without fear of reprisal that none of us are always lovable.  We are all sinners – and at times – unlovable.

When we marry someone we promise to love them forever – through the good and the bad – through sickness and health – through riches and poverty.  Most of us really mean it – I believe – yet every marriage has two people who are unlovable – at times.  We can promise to love someone in marriage – not because they will always be lovable – but because our love is supposed to model the love of God who loved us before we loved Him and at times in spite of our lack of love for Him.  The love chapter in the Bible gives us a picture of God’s love – the love we are to strive to model in our marriages and in our relationships with others.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8 – 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

We are told that showing love is the most important of all the commandments of God – that by showing love we actually obey all of the other commandments.

Mark 12:30-31 – 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

I declare on this blog page today that I will strive to love you – even if you are unlovable at times.  I only ask that you strive to do the same toward me – even when I am unlovable.  Let God rule our emotions and our feelings!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 8, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Marriage | , , , ,

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  1. You are correct when you say “Love is a word often used too often in the wrong way.” Love is not primarily an emotion, it is a verb, a way of action toward another person or persons. We can be “loving” to someone who is unlovable by acting in a loving way toward them even when they, according to the world’s terms, don’t deserve our loving actions. That is the way God loves us, and we can be thankful for it.

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    Comment by Jerry | December 8, 2010 | Reply


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