Hello, ladies! Today’s post is about something we talked about a while ago in my Wednesday night Bible study. It was a special message for Valentine’s Day.
The pastor said that because we are all created in the image of God, deep down we all want to be loved and cherished. None of us want to be left out or ignored. So, if all humans want to be loved, then why is there such a lack of love in the world?
First of all, where does love come from, and why do we love? Love comes from God. We love others because God first loved us.
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Many people think that we can only love if the other person loves us back. However, that is just not true. Love goes from God to us, and then it goes from us to others. The greatest act of love was when God sent his Son to die for us.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Because God loved us enough to send his Son to die for us, we ought to love one another. This is probably one of the most challenging things in the Christian walk. How is it possible to love that girl at school who beats you down at every opportunity? How can I show love to my siblings who annoy me every day? One of the answers to that is prayer. Ask God to help you love that person. This can be hard. We don’t really want to love that person. We want to keep on hating them. This is why it can really take a lot of willpower to pray for that person, to love them. However, if you take the plunge and do it, God really does answer your prayers. Trust me, I have had this experience. It may take a week, and it could take a month, or years. If you keep praying, God will answer.
Now, back to the question: “Why is there such a lack of love in the world?” The answer is sin. Sin is what separated us from God in the first place. Sin keeps us from loving others as we should. It can be in many forms: pride, hate, selfishness. We must ask God to help us overcome that in order to love other people.
What are some qualities of love? Read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13. This chapter shows us some really good ways to show love to people. We can be patient with our siblings and show kindness to other people. We can smile at people around town. We can build each other up with our words. Just doing this can show others the love of Christ.
Well, I think that’s all for now! I know this post is about loving others, but here is one really important thing to remember: The most important Person in the Universe loves you with an immeasurable love. No matter what happens, He will always, ALWAYS love you.
Have a great day!