In our small group we have been talking a lot about love lately.
What is it?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We have a source of these things that do not come naturally to us.
God is love (1 John 4:8)
He is the source of all love.
Plug in and receive.
Allowing Christ to work in and through us molds us
into the beings we were created to be.
We are not left powerless.
We are not abandoned to excuses.
We are not trying to be good in order to be loved…
We WANT to be good because we are loved.
All humans made in God’s image and are capable of great Love.
However, in order to fully obey the call to unconditional and selfless love
regardless of circumstances, we need Christ in us.
Don’t let love be a mere outward show.
Recoil from what is evil, and cling to what is good.
Love each other devotedly and with brotherly love;
and set examples for each other in showing respect.
Don’t be lazy when hard work is needed, but serve the Lord with spiritual fervor.
Rejoice in your hope, be patient in your troubles, and continue steadfastly in prayer.
Share what you have with God’s people, and practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you — bless them, don’t curse them!
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be sensitive to each other’s needs — don’t think yourselves better than others,
but make humble people your friends.
Don’t be conceited.
Repay no one evil for evil, but try to do what everyone regards as good.
If possible, and to the extent that it depends on you, live in peace with all people.
Never seek revenge, my friends; instead, leave that to God’s anger;
for in the Tanakh it is written,
“ADONAI says, ‘Vengeance is my responsibility; I will repay.’”
On the contrary,
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For by doing this, you will heap
fiery coals [of shame] on his head.”
Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
Romans 12:9-21 (CJB)