We’re called to love others. Simple? Sometimes, but others – not so much – BUT God gives us everything we need to do just that LOVE!! Get this:
God’s love was initiated to us before we even knew to ask Him to help us.
Sally, You Are Loved, Chapter 7
As we’ve been learning throughout this study He knows all about us and still loves us. Loved us before we could even love Him! Our past does not have to define us – don’t allow it to hold you back from God’ grace – forgive yourself too. Understand we’re able to loves others because He loves us first (See 1 John 4:19-21). He pursues us, providing love and all that we need… we need to return that to others. Remember its not about us – we can’t just go around loving ourselves, we’re called to love others. Even when its hard, He will equip you to love as he greatly desires, and the more we practice this – humble ourselves – the greater we’re able to continue in this forgiving way – loving others. (See 1 Peter 4:8)
Love is an obedient choice. When you choose to love others, that is the moment you are most like Jesus.
Love heals relationships.
Love is a salve to wounds.
Love is the beginning of friendship.
Love inspires others.
Love says, “You are worth knowing and I want to be friends with you.”
~Sally, You Are Loved, Chapter 7
We can’t worry about how others receive our love either. It’s not up to us if/how someone receives or responds to our love – we’re just to continue to love. We need to remember others and that God calls us to put their needs before ours. (See John 15:12-13)
(See John 13:34-35)
We’re to lean on the Spirit to direct us how to love others under all circumstances and He will provide exactly what we need. (See 1 John 3:16-24)
What steps can you take today, each day, to show love to others? Is there anyone specific that you need to reach out to? Give the person (people) a call, write an encouraging note, make a meal… do something as we’re never promised tomorrow!