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Friday, September 27, 2013

Learning To Love People From The Heart

In summary of Philippians 1:7a it says, “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart.”

Bottom Line:
It’s right for me to feel this way, you are in my heart and dear to me

What this means to me:
When someone is really in my heart, I care deeply for them.  Philippians 1:7a, NCV says, “I’ve discovered that if people are not on my heart, they’re on my nerves. If you don’t have your kids in your heart, they get on your nerves. If you don’t have your husband in your heart, he gets on your nerves.” When you really love and care for someone the “getting on your nerves” part is often overlooked.  So, it’s when my care for them wanes, that “they get on my nerves.”  Truly listening is one of the best ways to show love.  Heart love begins with understanding why someone feels the way they do. This is especially true in marriage.  Ask questions, and then listen. Hear the hurt, look for the problems. I need to understand the moods of the people closest to me, why they act the way they do. If I care, I’ll be aware.  The only kind of love that lasts in spite of heartache and difficulty in tough circumstances is God’s love, the affection of Jesus Christ.  I can foster this kind of love by remembering, “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). God’s love is not something I work up. It is something that is poured into me by the Holy Spirit as I let him live in me day by day.  The key to have others in my heart, is to give my full attention to them as I listen, ask them thoughtful questions, and show genuine concern.