Thursday, September 17, 2020

Practice Real Love

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; 
let us show the truth by our actions.
1 John 3:18

As Christians, we speak of love, so why are we criticized for being judgmental and hateful?

It's possible that our actions don't match our words. To understand what love looks like, we can look to 1 Corinthians 13. The Message version lists the following:

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

We also had an excellent role model: Jesus. Although the phrase is a bit outdated and worn, "What Would Jesus Do?" is a question I ask myself when I'm not sure how to act. It never fails me as I remember Bible stories that illustrate loving acts. 

You have experienced God's mercy and grace. You know how it feels to be forgiven and loved for the person you are. Use those experiences and feelings to help guide you in treating others with love. 


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