Do You Love?

1 John 4:8 (AMP)

“He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.”

I wanted to take a moment and discuss love or more directly what could signify to the world and to other Christians in our home churches and around the world that ‘you love’? Before we proceed, in this discussion of love, I am NOT refering to the love we have for our biological families or the love we have for friends, girlfriends, boyfriends or spouses. I am refering to the love God gives us as His children and that same love Jesus told us that others will know us to be His.

Perhaps a few questions can get this discussion or thought process going. Is the love you give out only given to particular people? Is the love you express to others given only when it is convient or attached to getting something you want or think you should have? Is the love you give counterfeit/false in nature with no depth? Is the love you give based on how you see a
person or their appearance? If a person is homeless, without limbs, has an aids diagnoses, smelly, has mental health concerns, has problems with substance abuse or alcohol, is tall, short, big, fat, chubby, skinny, lanky etc., are you loving them as Jesus would love them?

In asking these questions, it’s not about condemnation of others or of self, it’s about self reflection and knowing how powerful love is even more powerful than fear. What do you think?

Scripture to ponder:

Romans 12:10 (KJV) [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Romans 13:10 (KJV) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

1 Corinthians 8:3 (KJV) But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

2 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV) Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Galatians 5:13 (KJV) For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

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