“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” – 1 John 2:9-10
Whether you like it or not – and whether they make it easy or not – you are called to love those around you. This is not an option; it’s your calling.
“One of the marks of being a Christian is loving those around you”
1. Loving others shows that you know God. God is love.
2. Refusing to love others means you are still in darkness.
3. Refusing to love others means you’re focused on yourself alone. Focusing on yourself alone means you cannot see others through God’s eyes.
4. Words count but actions speak louder.
5. God didn’t just love you; He acted on His love for you.
6. Recognizing someone’s need isn’t enough; unless you act lovingly to help fill that need, you are not showing christian love.
7. It’s okay to tell someone you love them but don’t let it end there, show it in what you do.
8. Loving others shows that you love God.
9. God initiated love.
10. God’s love is many things – passionate, unconditional & committed.
11. You only love Jesus as much as you love the person you love the least.
“20 – If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 – And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (1 John 4:20-21)
12. You are called to love another to the same extent that God loves you.
13. You need to choose to love those around you because of the incredible love God has given you.
The big idea:
“37 – Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 – This is the first and great commandment.
39 – And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:37-39)
The big challenge:
True love moves beyond fear eg the fear of rejection, the fear of getting uncomfortable, the fear of what others might think or say.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18
Go the extra mile, break, bend and move things for love. But remember, love does not associate itself with evil.
“Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil…” – (1Corinthians 13:5)
As you act in love this week,
“Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.” – (Jude 1:2)
Have a blessed week!!