|Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better. But if a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God—for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 TLB|
The life of Christ in you is of God and God is love. You inherited the nature of love by your new birth in Christ and that confers on you the divine ability to walk in love. You are a product of God’s unconditional love. Through His Holy Spirit in you, God has abundantly poured out His love into your heart. Today’s opening text encourages you to practice loving others because you have received and experienced God’s love. God has enriched you with His love; therefore, it is in your nature to love others, including the most difficult people. You just have to be conscious of your love nature and allow its attributes to dominate your affairs. Romans 13:10 says ” Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the Law.” This scripture tells you how powerful and awesome love is. As burdensome as the Law, love fulfilled all its demands. You are no longer under the Law because you have the life of Christ and in that life is the love of God. Love is characterized by its virtues of excellence as understood from 2 Corinthians 13. Love is kind, thoughtful and patient. Love is not arrogant, proud or rude. Love is not easily angered or overly sensitive. Love doesn’t lose faith, looks out for the best and its happy with the truth, etc. It should no longer be a struggle for you to walk in love because of the inherent ability in you to demonstrate these virtues. Allow this understanding to permeate your entire being and you will realize that it’s only natural for you to love irrespective of both your emotional state and the ill behavior of others towards you.
PRAYER: Thank you Father for your Love and life. I walk in love towards others because I believe that love has been perfected in me through Jesus Christ my Lord. FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 4:17, Romans 5:5.