It is impossible to grow in any area of your Christian life if you are not growing in love.
- Spiritual zeal without loving devotion is annoying and despicable.
- Biblical knowledge without love is worthless
- Enthusiastic philanthropy and radical sacrifice without love are a waste of time.
How to love how we should: 1 John 4:7-12, 19
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son into the world, so that we might live through him” (vs. 10).
“We love because he first loved us” (vs. 19).
“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (vs. 12).
The love of God for us is a furnace that refines our love- removing all imperfections-and crafts us into something useful and glorious
As you dwell on the love God has for you, make these resolutions before him and pray for obedience.
- I refuse to make you feel guilty because you have messed up this way before…..Love is patient
- I refuse to bring up your flaws and weaknesses in front of others to belittle you….Love is kind
- I refuse to secretly hope that others mess up so I will look better….Love does not envy or boast
- I refuse to excuse my arrogance or rudeness claiming, “It’s just my personality”…..Love is not arrogant or rude
- I refuse to insist that my spouse, my boss, or traffic should behave in a way that is more accommodating to me….Love does not insist on its own way
- I refuse to let the constant frustrations of life get under my skin or harbor bitterness in my heart….Love is not irritable or resentful
- I refuse to delight in things the Holy Spirit hates and coldly ignore what the Holy Spirit loves…Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth
- I refuse to ever say the words, “I’ve had enough!”….Love bears all things
- I refuse to live in suspicion of the motives of others….Love believes all things
- I refuse to only anticipate and focus on pain….Love hopes all things
- I refuse to say to those who are hard to love, “I quit!”….Love endures all things
- Talk with your family about the different definitions of love in our world. Read through 1Cor. 13 about what love actually is.
- Talk with your kids about how God showed that he loved the world.
- Explain to your kids how good works without love are worthless.