God is love, love is from God~~In His Word 2-19-2024


 God is love, love is from God~~In His Word 2-19-2024

One thing that I learned from my parents is to love everyone! To be kind to one another, and to put the other person before myself.

Though today marks the passing of one of my parents more than a dozen years back, I can thank the Lord for the good things they taught me. We were taught to leave things better than we found them, to stick-up for family, and today I find these two to be part of God’s plan for me. Growing up I learned that sometimes we had to go out of our way for someone else, it was not always easy. Later as I came to know who Jesus is I realized I was raised according to the Word of God that my parents had been taught as younger people.  They taught us to do the right things.  Even when life got, well as life does, stuff happens.

Jesus wants us to do the right thing too. He came to show us the way to live our lives. The most important guidance comes from the verses below.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12

Love is a great place to start. When we love someone we want to do good for them, over ourselves. When we love God we want to do what He tells us to do in His Word. Love helps us to forgive others, to trust God and to obey our people of authority. Oh no, I don’t mean you have to fall in love with them I mean you need to love them as Christ loves you!  Not just when they are nice, but regardless do unto them as you would they would do to you. If they don’t accept it  there is nothing you can do but pray for them, but this here is talking about love God’s way being a way to show them The Way. 

Today I want us to decide to keep love alive this month! The love of God I mean! Share Jesus’ love with someone every day this week. For one thing you will feel good! For two the people who share with will receive a blessing.

Share God’s love by telling someone to have a great day, or that Jesus loves them, or surprise the person in line for coffee behind you and pay for their cup!  There are many ways to love one another as Christ did, read the rest of the chapter and get some more inspiration!

Do good things!  In Jesus’ name