<blockquote>We know Love by this, which He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brother. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him. 1 John 3:16-17</blockquote>
While Kody and I were praying one evening, he was praying about how love is a choice. It didn’t hit me in until later in the week about how love really is a choice. I have been observing how people respond to one another, and even to how I respond to them as well. It was amazing to see how a lot of people, even myself, can choose not to love. The past week I had a situations come up in my life, and I had a choice to either be gracious and loving or to be angry about the whole deal. My first reaction was to be angry, and in the moment when I was being angry I felt God speaking to me. The thought that came across my mind was this: “Erica when have I ever said I can’t love you today? I just can’t even handle your problems anymore.” It was like hitting a brick wall, because God is love and He will never walk away from us. He loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for our sins. He is with us every step of the way taking all of our burdens from us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. God is LOVE, and our love comes from Him. Even if you choose not to be a believer, to love someone who has done wrong to you, it would seem extremely foreign to choose love. 1 John 4:7 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” You can’t experience God’s love without know God first.
So, then I decided to look up verses on love, and what God’s word says about Love. There are so many verses based on love for relationships, marriage, family, children, strength, and love in relation to God. In this post I am focusing on God’s commandment for us to love one another. Mark 12:30-31. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength, the second is this, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” So if you don’t love yourself as God loves you, how do you think you will be able to show that love? If you have God in your life, I believe you will have an easier time to love yourself and others. I had a conversation once with someone about how tired they were of being used and they just hated people. They told me they have naturally turned into a mean person. If you’re in God how can you hate everyone? There is a difference between hating sin and still loving the sinner. There are so many lost people in this world, how are we to reach them if we just stay bitter towards them? We are all sinners in need of God’s love and grace in our lives. We need to try to love people for how God loves them. Love is the recipe that can change someone’s life. If you make God your first love and main focus, you will see the changes in your life and just how much you can pour out love to others. You will become selfless. John 3:30 “He must become greater; I must become less.” If you are in a place in your life; where you want to experience this kind of love. If you’re searching for love and can’t find it anywhere. If your searching for something in your life and don’t know what it is, come seek God and his love. I know for a fact that God will fulfill your life. Come lay all your burdens at the foot of the cross, because without love we are nothing.
Dear Lord, I pray for the person reading this. If they don’t know you already, Lord, help them to experience your love. I pray that they will seek you and your kingdom, and your glory forever. Help us to show your love in our daily lives. Lord I ask that you will send someone our way so that we can show them your love, and to do this all in your Glory. In Jesus Precious Name I pray, Amen.