Love can look like many different things but it is important to remember that love is much more than just a feeling that comes naturally. Love takes work. Love is a command. Love takes trust. Love is worth it! We must model love and ensure that our obedience to God is because we love Him; obeying God is not because we “have to”, but because we “want to”. This week as we meditate on what it means to love, let’s look at the following Scripture:
- Romans 12:9 – Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
- 1 John 4: 17-18 – This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
- Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
May you be encouraged today with this Puritan Prayer:
May the Love of God richly bless you! Elizabeth