Follow God’s example on how to love.
I can see the hand of God at work in my life. But it would be better if He will allow me to get what I want, right? But He knows better and I trust Him. I am surrendering my will to His will. For things are falling into place–like something has been revealed to you and that you have seen how everything is unfolding.
God is teaching me on love. How to love God more and how I should love others through God’s example.
Based on what I’ve been reading lately:
Love is an action. It’s not a feeling. It is a decision. It is action. It is more than attraction and arousal. It is a decision. Loving one another is a command from God. We can’t command our feelings though. So love is not a feeling but an action. “If love were just an emotion, then God could not command it. But love is something you do. It can produce emotion, but love is an action.” (Rick Warren)
Love is a choice. You must choose to love. You may have been brought to this moment. You may feel like you have no choice. But really, when it comes to love, you have a choice. That is why we have free will. God wants us to freely choose to love Him.
We love because God first loved us. It’s a fact of life. You go into a relationship if you know that that person loves you. You’ve got to love each other. But sometimes we are asked to show love to others even if they do not love us. And we can do that because the source of our love is the love of God for us. We can show kindness because we know how to love and love is kindness.
Love is a skill that can be learned. The only way to be great at loving is to love.
Love is a habit. We are called to love everyone even the unlovable. It can only happen through God. If we receive God’s love in our lives, we can then learn to love others.
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor 13 NIV)
What a great passage! I’ve been reading this passage for years now but it is only now that I come to understand this. Thank You God for Your grace, for letting me understand what this means. I love You Lord. I choose to love You Lord.