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Be Love-Part 2

Be Love-Part 2
Fact: Love is a spirit; it is the person of God. Therefore, we can’t be love if we don’t know God (John 4:8).

1 John 4:19 talks about God’s kind of love. He loved us before we even knew what love was. The Lord loved us so much, that He took time to create the earth and everything we need in it to be successful (Galatians 6:9, Genesis 1:29)! The Lord wants to be close to us so that we can get more revelation of His love, but sometimes we pull back (Matthew 23:37). It takes faith to walk in love because showing love is not always easy or convenient (especially in relationships). However, showing love is necessary (1 Corinthians 13:1).

In John 13:34, Jesus said that, “I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.” Since the enemy is the accuser, his job is to present situations and reasons that would cause us not to love. His favorite two are unforgiveness (which leads to grudges and bitterness) and offense (it will be a part of every relationship so we have to learn how to love through it). Since our nature is carnal and selfish outside of God, we have to saturate ourselves with the Word in order to keep our emotions in check and our spirit strong (John 6:63, 1 Corinthians 15:50, Galatians 5:22).

Real Love
The genuine love of God reflects who He is. Here are some ways that we can show the love of God to those around us. First is patience. It builds people up and makes them feel they are worth waiting for (1 Corinthians 13). Second is kindness which is moral excellence. It is easy to be with people who are kind and helpful (Ephesians 4:32). Examples of kindness are helping people, reaching out, shoveling snow or cutting grass, being friendly, not being mean, and treating people with respect. And finally, smiling is a way to show love. If you are cheerful, you will get everything you need. Smiling gives positive feedback, simplifies communication, and can even save a marriage. If you don’t smile, your thoughts are not in control (2 Corinthians 9:7, Romans 12:2).

Dr. Joyce Oliver

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