‘Love comes from God’ (thoughts shared by Daphne Youngblood, support staff for Georgia WMU/WEM)
There was a time in my life when I thought I knew what love was and how to show love to others, but it was based on what I thought they wanted or whatever it took to be liked. If love is based on doing things to get a certain result or a payout, that is not love at all, but it is selfish and self-serving. The love 1 Corinthians 13 speaks about is born only of God. God loved us first and in 1 John 4:19 He proved that when He sent His Son to this earth from heaven to save us.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I walked outside and found a girl in our truck attempting to steal from us. We confronted her then talked to her about the Lord and offered her grace instead of calling the police. We explained how grace is a free gift the Father gives to us through a relationship with Christ. We hope that she took the opportunity to turn her life around but we don’t know. I can tell you that we now pray for her often. When others do wrong to us we must forgive and forget just as our Father does for us. We are much better at receiving forgiveness than we are forgiving others. C.S. Lewis said, “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” You may miss an opportunity if you are always focused on the injustice done to you, so take the opportunity to love strangers as God would love them when they come across our path and take the time to share the gospel with them.
My understanding of love changed when I asked Jesus into my heart and He transformed my heart and mind. 1 John 4:7-12 says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” Doesn’t this verse inspire you to be a better you? Maybe you want to try a little harder to show this real love to others. It is important for us to understand real love before we can explore the rest of the verses of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 in the weeks to follow.
Let us pay…Father, may we come before Your thrown and daily keep our hearts open to your correction and direction. Father we pray as it says in Psalm 51:10, “God create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” May we choose to love unconditionally, putting others needs before your own. May we remember that serving without love will gain us nothing. Help us to break old habits and seek You first and not our own selfish desires. Father, thank you for first loving us and giving us the wonderful opportunity to enter into the family of God for eternity. We pray for those that are lost and ask that Your light shine through us, so we might shine Your light and glory to the world. Amen
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