LOVE ONE ANOTHER
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another” -John 13:34
What makes love so amazing? For starters, it is what motivated the Father to send His only Son to die for us. Without love, there would have been no redemption for mankind. Not only would we be without love, but without the redemption that was precipitated by love, there would also be no faith, and no hope. You see, nothing else matters, without love. It is foundational for every other good thing in our lives. Because God has lavished His great love on us, He calls us to also love each other.
God showed me the meaning of true love a few months ago and the loving acceptance from total strangers that were full of hope. When I came back to the states it felt like the Holy Spirit and all that love just stayed behind. I could physically feel like it was pulled away the closer I returned to the U.S. What does that say for our country and the people here.? That’s another thought. But the love God showed me wasn’t for me it was for me to share with the people in this world who have no idea what love is but think they do.
" Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up. Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is selfless. Is the love you show to others selfless or do you expect a return?
For a while after my return I felt hurt by the love I wasn’t receiving from others that I love. I was mad because I pray for them, I think of them often, and have a desire to be closer to them. I felt expendable to them and that truly I didn't matter to them at all. I was hurt because I felt like I am not apart of their lives unless I was asked to be for a moment. My heart hurt badly. I couldn’t understand how I could love someone more than I felt they loved me. But that is just how God felt and feels. We are supposed to love without anticipating a return. We are supposed to love regardless. That is the way God loves us and we are called to love others in the same way that God has loved us. Indeed, love comes from God. Therefore He is the one who enables us to love. That isn’t easy to do. When you don’t feel accepted, when you don’t feel a part of someone’s life but you are called to LOVE anyway. But “We love because He first loved us.” -1 John 4:19
Loving others is to be the natural outpouring of life. The love we receive or have received is from God. Jesus says “give,” a one word command, and then He says “and it will be given to you…” Because God has loved us we have the power to love others and in return He pours and lavishes us in His unconditional love. So I will choose to love regardless without expecting a return no matter how I feel, because I know not to trust my feelings but to Trust God. You may be the love others need to see in order for them to grow. So love regardless.
To love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage, because we don't want to fall, be rejected, or leave ourselves open to hurt. But that is just what Jesus did and we are called to walk like Jesus.
Father God, help me to practice Your command to love others always and regardless. Not expecting a return. Thank you that You have loved me first and because of that “I can love because You first loved me.” -1 John 4:19 Your love gives me the ability to love those around me selflessly. I thank you for the strength you give me and for your unconditional love that surrounds me. In Your Name I pray, Amen.