Tag Archive | god’s love for us

I Corinthians 13:7 ” Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

The word that stands out in this Scripture to me is the word always…repeated four times in this short sentence.  So, what does always really mean?  Well, according to Webster, it means,  at all times.  Thus, this verse shows us what true unselfish love should look like.  It’s the type of love that is constantly looking for the good in people…believing in and expecting for the very best.  It’s a love that will bear up under a load of misery, adversity, persecution, and provocation with faith, hope, and a smile…thinking of others first.   And just like the love of Christ, unselfish love never fails, and never gives up on others.

I Corinthians 13:5 ” Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

If you want to see what a person is truly made of…put them in a long line, in the hot sun, waiting for something that may or may not arrive on time.  That’s when frustration and impatience boils over into selfish love.  This verse is interesting in that all it speaks of are examples of selfish love…of self-centered, looking out for #1 love that only thinks of itself.  We all have the opportunity daily to choose what type of love we’ll portray  to the world…the love of Christ or the selfish love of the world.  And as Believers, we are to be an example of Christ’s love to others…unfortunately, whether we’re a good example or a bad one.

Ephesians 2:10 ” For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

You are the work of God’s hands…lovingly created with unique abilities, gifts, talents, and passions.  When God  made you, He had the eye of an artist and the soul of a poet as He formed you…for you are truly a work of art to behold.  There is no one like you,  for you are God’s workmanship…created to be like Him in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24)…and eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14)

Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

We can’t force others into peaceful co-existence with us…we can only control how we react and behave around angry people.  You know the ones…people with huge chips on their shoulders…always thinking the world is out to get them.  It takes a conscious  decision of the will on our part not to take the bait  when attacked.  It takes lots of deep breaths and determination not to lower ourselves down to that level…and sometimes, it takes just walking away for a few minutes to regain our composure and pray.   “Lord, help me look past the angry hostility and see rather the hurt, the fear, the frustration.  Allow me Lord to see this person through Your eyes and how I may show Your love to them.” Amen

I John 2:10-11 ” Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

I love nightlights!  I’ll admit I have at least 8 spread throughout the house, casting their subtle radiance so I won’t trip and fall in the dark.  God’s truth is like a nightlight into our darkness…showing us His way so we won’t stumble.  But when we choose to not live by the light of His truth, we are easily deceived and blinded by lies that only foster hatred and distrust against our fellow-man.  When we love one another, the light of God’s truth illuminates situations, obstacles, and personalities for what they really are…exposing hurting hearts and revealing with honesty how we’re more alike than different.

Joshua 22:5 ” But be very careful to keep the commandment and the Law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

You can see the love of God in His covenant relationship with His people.  He wants only the very best for us and in return asks only for our obedience.  For when we pay careful attention to our obligations to this covenant…primarily in our lifestyle and relationship with Him…others will sense the difference in us and ask questions.  And those questions can lead to eternal answers.

Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

To move towards loving one another…we must move away from hate, anger, and bitterness.  Here in Ephesians we are told to get rid of these negative traits and emotions.  Interestingly enough,  the Greek word for “get rid of”  in this verse actually  means to put away vices.  Vices, a word you don’t hear often…a word that according to the Dictionary means habitual faults or undesirable behavior patterns.  Sadly, too many children take into adulthood bad behaviors that were first modeled for them by their parents.  They watch as their family inappropriately handles conflict and confrontation, and listen as others are slandered and vilified around the dining-room table.  We learn what we see and hear,  but that doesn’t mean we can’t put off our old fleshly nature and move away from adverse behaviors that are causing us pain and resentment.