Do We Have Love?

     Over the past few weeks I have seen something happening in the body of  Christ that is very uplifting.  We are looking at the love of God as never before. We are beginning to see how much God loves us and also how we are to love others. You might say, “Well, isn’t that what Christianity is supposed to be about?”  Yes, it is but somehow we’ve gotten off track. We’ve adopted the “How much can I be blessed”  over how much “can” I bless gospel. God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son so we could have eternal life. That’s love.  But if we don’t understand His love how are we supposed to give His love?  That’s why I am so excited that we are seeking out to know this in an even greater way. This is a time in history when less children have parents to love them and less senior citizens have children who love them. We have become a very self-centered society and unfortunately it has filtered over into the church so it is wonderful that God is stirring the hearts of His children to love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (NIV) says: “And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. “

If we want to know what is love to God it is all there in those verses above mainly by telling us what it is not. In the present day when we have check lists on our jobs and check lists in our families and our homes this could be the most important check list we could ever have.  As the Lord continuously molds us into being more Christ-like may we pray that our love walks will reflect these qualities:

Slow to Offend — Quick to Defend

 Slow to Reprimand —  Quick to Forbear

  Slow to Belittle — Quick to Appreciate

   Slow to Demand — Quick to Give

    Slow to Provoke — Quick to Conciliate

     Slow to Hinder —  Quick to Help

      Slow to Resent — Quick to Forgive

 

“Lord, Romans 5:5 says the love of God has been shed abroad on our hearts by the Holy Ghost .  Help us Lord to develop this love and to seek it out in a more greater way than we have ever done because it is only with YOUR love can we love others the way you love us. In Jesus name.   Amen”

About Charmaine

I am a Christian woman seeking to truly "know" God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I love the Word of God and it's life changing power. I like reading, writing, and amateur gardening. My passion is working in women's ministry with emphasis on Bible Study. I believe discipleship is very important in our transformation process to become more Christlike.
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