Love, love, love … it is oh so important

John 15:9-13: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.

LOVE! It is so important. In just these four Bible verses a form of the word love is used eight times. The word love is used hundreds of times throughout the Bible. This reminds us just how important it is to love. It sounds so flowery and easy but to truly love like Jesus loves is a huge challenge. It can be hard to love others especially those who are different from us or those who have hurt us. Love takes work. We have a choice every day to live like Jesus loving others everywhere we go or to live selfishly thinking only about our desires. We all know the right choice is to love but it takes patience and prayer.

Let all that you do be done in love. (1)

I don’t know about you but I often need reminders to love always. I have a couple signs like the one shown that I printed off and have them hanging in the back room of my store so each day I see these. This is a daily reminder for me that everything I do is to honor God. Everything I have belongs to him, he is entrusting me to run my business well and bless others. 1 Corinthians 14:16-Let all that you do be done in love, is such a simple verse but yet the words are so powerful. It is amazing when we choose to be happy and obey God’s commandment to love how much life can change. When we are obeying the commandment to love we get less worried when big events happen that affect our life, it is easier to respond calmly to people who have hurt us and we go about our everyday tasks with a smile on our face because we have joy within us that only comes from God.

When we love others we must learn to forgive those who have hurt us. Hanging on to anger and hurt feelings holds us back and stifles our relationships. Saying we are sorry is a big part of loving well. We must be able to admit we make mistakes and ask others for forgiveness. We also must learn to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. Every minute we spend thinking about our mistakes takes away from time where we could be blessing others.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, We want to love others deeper every single day. Please help us to keep this as a priority throughout this week and always. Help us see situations where we can share love each day in our homes, in our workplaces and in our communities. Thank you for loving us unconditionally no matter what mistakes we make, we know your love for us never ends. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What ways can you continue to make love a bigger part of your life?

Share examples of how doing things out of love, have been a blessing to others and you.