Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 NLT
It is the season to love, to share, to be happy….even so, there are some who do not view the holiday season or any other time of the year to simply reach out and to bless others. Because of sin, our hearts possess a natural tendency toward darkness which displays itself by the inability to give and to receive love. When we do not possess true agape love, our lives are self-centered, always striving to please our personal desires. The focus to pursue what makes us happy is in conflict with our purpose in life; loving and serving God and loving and serving others.
For the Believer, our purpose in life is already pre-determined by God; we are to love one another, and that love will manifest itself by extending what God has blessed us with to bless others. When we are unable to possess true agape love, we do not possess the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23, which are necessary characteristics in order to fulfill God’s future purpose for us to live in the New Heaven and the New Earth.
No, loving others is not easy, but a Christlike love means loving, forgiving, accepting and honoring even those who are different and difficult. We can only give love when our hearts are full of God’s love. That is our only option. Any other attempt to define loving others simply will not work!
Love God, Love Others, Love yourself
Bible Reading: Galatians 5
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for the ability to love you and to love others. We ask forgiveness for not obeying your commands to give unconditional love. During this time of the holiday season, please help us to realize there are individuals who do not have the necessities of life. We thank you for the abundance that you have blessed us with and we ask that you direct us to those who need our help. We pray for obedience to follow the purpose that you have for each of our lives. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019