God loved us so we can love others

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbour as yourself”

  • Matthew 22:37-39

 

To be able to love God we must love each other first. As 1 John 4:19 states, if anyone says ‘I love God, yet hates his brother’ is a liar. What does it mean to love? How to love is clearly set out in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. In order to love one must be patient, kind, not envy, not boast and not be proud. To love is to be selfless, to not be easily angered, nor rude and not keeping a record of all the wrongs others may do to us. Love aims to uphold truth, perseveres, hopes and protects. It never fails.

There is no doubt, that loving is a hard thing to do. In a world where so many things go wrong, so many circumstances (even people) may irritate us and make it really hard for us to be selfless, be patient and be kind. However, I believe, that when we are faced with times which are difficult to showcase love, we can ask for guidance, patience and a loving heart in our prayers as it states in Matthew 7.7 ‘ask and it will be given to you’. Remember, we are not on this earth to go through things by ourselves, God is here every step of the way and is willing to help us, as long as we make our requests known to him.

I would like to reinforce a crucial point that ‘since God loved us, we also ought to love each other’. (1 John 4:11) as we are given the tools to know how to love we are able to love others just as God has loved us.

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Prayer for today: God I pray for patience, kindness, selflessness, resilience and forgiveness as I love my neighbours. I pray that I learn to love you more and more each day, and as my love for you grows, so my love for my neighbours too.

 Song for today: I encourage you to listen to “To Know You” by Intensifire

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