As humans, we want to be loved and accepted. We desire intimacy with other human beings and wish for affection. However, very seldom do we recognize that love is a very conscious experience. It demands effort. It requires work!
1 John 4:8 says God is love. God is also spirit. Much as we are human, we are spirit too and when our spirits are connected to God, we assume the identity of God too. We are love.
A knowledge of being love, does not guarantee actions of love. That is why we sometimes act in ways that exhibit a lack of love. We need to follow through with tangible actions that express love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)
“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, 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…”
The above verses show us a picture of what love is. It may indeed sound like a tough call and a very daunting task. However, all it takes is a conscious choice to act it out.
Let’s assume you are holding a grudge against someone for justifiable reasons. When you have the knowledge that love is supposed to keep no record of wrongs and that you are love, you then have the power to set yourself on a path of true forgiveness and new beginnings. All you need to do is act by forgiving the person and letting the grudge go.
On a different note, we ought to appreciate the love we receive because no one owes us any love. They choose to love us just as we choose to love.
Love also requires that we adopt an understanding nature where we step into the shoes of the people we love and make room for their shortfalls, cutting them some slack while still encouraging them to grow. We must recognize that for us to grow, someone made the allowance for us too.
Our identity is love, so we should daily transform and renew our minds and actions in a direction that shows love and lifts others up rather than tears them up.
Have a merry Christmas tomorrow, let’s show some love.
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