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26th May 2013
God has called us to love Him and to love one another as we love ourselves. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us God's description of love. But how do we love others like this? Firstly, we need to take hold of our freedom in Christ, then we can be free to relate to others as God intended. Knowing who we are in Christ forms the basis for how we love others: we love because He first loved us; we give freely because He gave freely to us; we are merciful because He's been merciful to us; we forgive because He forgave us.
In relationships, we can often be quick to think about our rights, rather than our responsibilities. God turns this on its head and asks us to focus more on our responsibilities than on our rights. Someone else's character is not our concern; we are responsible to God for our own character and actions.
Love is to be right at the heart of who we are: we're to walk in love, just like Jesus, imitating God (Ephesians 5:1-2). When we're filled with God's love us, we're empowered to love others. When we love, we can celebrate each other rather than oppose one another; accept and honour each other; see past faults and failures; lift up; give; and encourage. When we truly love, these things begin to naturally flow from us; love is the overflow of the life of Jesus within us.
If you find love difficult, then be filled with the Spirit of Jesus, because He is love. Choose to walk in love daily, saying to God, "I need you today, God. I want to be your ambassador to this broken world, expressing your love to everyone I see today!" Learning to relate to one another in love is crucial for us as Christians, because it is our love for one another than draws others to Jesus.
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Posted by Santino Hamberis