Friday, August 17, 2012

What's Love Got To Do With It? Part 1

A simple search through the Concordance of your Bible will reveal that there are many verses about love. You see verses about:

1. Loving thy neighbor
2. Loving the Lord God
3. Loving your enemies
4. Loving not the things of this world
5. Love is a fruit
6. Love & our relationship with Christ

*All verses are KJV*

In Part 1, we'll talk about loving thy neighbor and thine enemies.

In Part 2, we'll discuss loving the Lord our God and not the things of this world.

And in Part 3, love as a fruit and our relationship with Christ will be discussed.

Loving thy neighbor and loving your enemies!

Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:39, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8 all says the same thing. "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

Love the people who are around you.

Matthew 5:44 says "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

Love the people who do bad things to you.

John 13:34 says "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

Love everyone!

1 John 4:11 says "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."

Not once is there given an exception to the rule. It's not "love your neighbors until they keep you up all night with their wild parties". It isn't "love one another, except for the ones who challenge your patience". It most certainly is not "love only the ones who dress like you, act like you, and have the same values as you".

People aren't always easy to love, but it is still commanded to us to love them. How can we show our love for our neighbors, enemies, and one another?

Love begins in the heart first, and the home second. Before we can step out and show love to those around us, we must first practice it at home. As a person, are you treating your immediate family with love? Is your tone loving, even when disciplining? Is your face loving, even when frustrated?

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32

Kindness goes hand in hand with love. Are we teaching our children how to show love for others? Teach them to be kind and tenderhearted.

We can have an outward display of love. People show their love in many different ways. Bake them some cookies, perform a random act of kindness, smile, and go out of your way to help them in any way possible. We should also have an inward display of love. Pray for them. Uplift those who are your good neighbors, uplift those who try your patience, uplift those who hurt you. Forgive. Your enemy who is persecuting you? Forgive them.

How do you practice loving your neighbors, enemies, and one another? What do you do for those who are challenging to love?

Next Friday we will discuss loving the Lord our God and not the things of this world.




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