As Christians, we don’t love enough. It’s easy for us to do things in malice… to be spiteful… to hate. I know I’m guilty of this personally. But God doesn’t want us to do that.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NKJV) says “Let all that you do be done with love.”
We all need more love in us. We all need to be more loving in all that we say and do. One of God’s character traits is love and we should be seeking to follow His example!
1 John 4:8 says “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Wow! What this verse is saying is that if you do not love, you don’t understand or know God’s character because He is love!
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 says “4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
When we love others, God is pleased with us and we actually feel better by doing things in love rather than hate, spite or malice.
Let us all look for ways to do things lovingly.
- Reprove someone lovingly
- Do a difficult task lovingly
- Sacrifice your time and energy lovingly
- Be selfless because that is being loving
- Share your faith with a heart of love for that other person
- Disagree lovingly
- and I’m sure there are plenty of other ways to do things in love… I just can’t think of every single one.