1 JOHN 4:10
LOVE THE STRONGEST EMOTION
Of all the feelings we experience, love is supreme. It makes life worth living here on earth and will one day be fully enjoyed and understood in heaven.
When Paul wrote his discourse on love in 1 CORINTHIANS 13, he didn't offer a definition but instead described how love behaves: Love is unselfish, unconditional, and always looking out for the other person's best interest. And because love speaks the truth, sometimes it can feel as smooth as a baby's bottom or as coarse as bricks, depending on what is being spoken.
If we don't have Godly love, we miss the very point of this life we are living. When Jesus was questioned about the greatest of all the commandments, He said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." MATTHEW 22:37 Then He added that the second command is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." MATTHEW 22:39
This is God's standard, but none of us can measure up, still we simply must try to make ourselves love the Lord fully and be concerned for those around us. Let's face it: Some people just don't set well with us, they can just be unpleasant, or egotistic or just rub us the wrong way.
Oh, but the Lord knows we need His help and that's exactly why He gave us the Holy Spirit-the one who helps us demonstrate God's heart to the world we live in.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRT WITH A TWIST
If we don't have God's kind of love, we miss the very point of living! I Love this little twist that someone added to the "Fruit of the Spirit" in GALATIONS 5:22-23. The first fruit is love, and all the others are awesome descriptions of it.
Joy is Love Delighting
Peace is Love Resting
Patience Is Love Waiting
Kindness is Love Reacting
Goodness is Love Choosing
Faithfulness is Love Keeping Its Word
Gentleness is Love Empathizing
Self-Control is Love Resisting Temptations
GROWING IN GOD'S LOVE
As we grow in faith, love becomes more deeply ingrained in us. No matter how gifted, strong, or successful we are, without
this essential emotion, life is empty and meaningless.
If we never give love, we’ll become self-centered and demanding. If we never receive it, we’ll constantly strive for acceptance and approval.
But when God’s love flows in and through us, we become more like His Son. And when others observe us, they will be
drawn to the Savior, because God’s love never fails.
GOD DOES NOT FORCE HIS LOVE ON US
The Love of God reaches to wherever man is but can be
entirely rejected. God will not force himself upon
anyone against His will.
It is your part to receive, no one else can do it for you!
The Love of God - Guy Penrod, David Phelps & Joy Gardner