Christ’s words are clear: we are to love God first, and then secondly, we are to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). These two commands are seldom easy, and because we are earthlings, we often fall short. But God’s Word commands us to try and really try! Are you really trying to Love in a way that transforms others?
I sincerely believe that Love is a choice. Either you choose to behave lovingly toward others, or not. Either you behave yourself in ways that enhance your relationships, or not. But make no mistake: genuine love requires some real effort. Simply put, if you wish to build lasting relationships, you must be willing to do your part. How many of us will just do our part today?
If we are to walk in Christ’s footsteps, we must forgive those who have done us harm, and we must accept Christ’s love by sharing it freely with family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Yes Love and forgiveness is the way of the child of God.
God does not intend for you to experience mediocre relationships; He created you for far greater things. Building lasting relationships requires compassion, wisdom, empathy, kindness, courtesy, and forgiveness. If that sounds a lot like work, it is; which is perfectly fine with God. Why? Because He knows that you are capable of doing that work, I really encourage you to go forth today in the name of Love.
Quote: Joni Eareckson Tada “Love is extravagant in the price it is willing to pay, the time it is willing to give, the hardships it is willing to endure, and the strength it is willing to spend. Love never thinks in terms of “how little,” but always in terms of “how much.” Love gives, love knows, and love lasts”.