Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Learning To Fill My Life With Love

In summary of Romans 12:9-10 it says, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”

Bottom Line:
Your love must be real. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Honor others more than yourself.

What this means to me:
I can’t pretend to love others, it must be real. I am to hate everything that is evil and hold tightly to what is good. My love must be done with genuine affection and devotion, much like a loving family would have. And I am to honor others more than myself. I’m learning that if I want lasting change in my life, I must fill my life with love. Love invigorates, revitalizes, renews and refreshes. Love is the only thing that can change the unchangeable. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, essentially because God is love. Love can heal what cannot otherwise be healed. Love uplifts. Love strengthens. Love energizes. Love empowers. Romans 12:9-10 says, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” God’s word instructs me to take delight in honoring others and to show them genuine affection. When I take care of others, God will take care of me. God would ask me, “am I helping myself” or “am I helping others?” One aspect to keep in mind is if I want help with my goals, I should be helping others with theirs. I can do this by showing love and giving myself away. In my quiet time this morning, I’m reminded of the story of Job where he lost everything. Then at the end of the book, God gave it all back to him. He gave to Job because Job throughout his turmoil had prayed for his friends.  As a result the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. In summary, if I give myself away in love, God will work in my life.

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