- Romans 12:9-21 says,
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.
Not the starry eyed, butterflies in the stomach reading you were expecting is it? You see, I believe that to have a love everlasting you have to be willing to surrender all and love as God commands us to love.
~ Ephesians 1:4-6 reads…
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
The scriptures say we were chosen by God. How does that make you feel?
Everyone needs to feel loved and secure; however, that need looks different in everyone: Some long to be accepted by many and to always be a part of the crowd while others feel perfectly content with the knowledge that they are loved and accepted by their immediate family.
Where does your security and comfort come from?
In a lot of cases, we desire to be loved and that love is not returned. How does that make you feel, do you still extend your love to those who do not love you or to those whom you feel are undeserving of your love? How do you love: In the book The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman describes five different “love languages”:
Words of affirmation: verbal praise & encouragement, thank yous, compliments to you and to others, special notes or tokens of thanks, verbal affirmation either to you personally or about you to others
Quality Time: having others undivided attention, enjoy having people come over and just hang out, sharing quality activities and conversations with others, really getting inside someone’s head to know their most intimate thoughts (Oh, yes this describes me perfectly)
Gifts: Visual tokens of love, prizes, awards
Acts of Service: Doing for others, having others do for you
Physical Touch: Pats on the back, hugs, friendly elbow jabs
Ask yourself; which of those best describe how you love and the love you long to receive in return. Now I have said Quality Time is my love language. But the world does not revolve around me, you or any other one person’s wants or desires. So, what happens when your love language and the love language of the one you love are different?
1 Corinthians 13:7 says love, Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Let’s take a moment and really examine what this verse is telling us:
Beareth all things – love enables us to assume and absorb some degree of loveless behavior by another or in some instances what may appear to be loveless simply because the other person’s actions do not measure up to our expectations
Believeth all things – love never loses faith in others and is willing to think the best of them in spite of past actions or current circumstances. Love allows us to look beyond past or present hurts or wrongs to see the best in others.
Hopeth all things – love looks forward with optimism, knowing without a doubt that God works all things out for good. Love enables us to move forward and release bitterness and anger.
Endureth all things – love holds on. After all is said and done, love never fails, it never ENDS.
I am not talking about the butterflies in the stomach, can’t eat, and can’t sleep, romantic love. I am talking about the kind of love that can only be attained and given through a deep relationship with GOD.
1 John 4:7 reads, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Deuteronomy 33:26 says, “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty.”