God Invented Love
1 John 3:11
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
The fact that God loves us and requires us to love others is what separates Christianity apart from all other religions. We love because God loved us first (1 John 4:19). And, in John 13:35, Jesus said that our love for one another will prove to the world that we belong to him. In fact, God is the one who invented love in the first place! (See 1 John 4:8) All other gods & religions describe angry or indifferent gods with burdensome requirements with no mention of love being beneficial to all.
God, on the other hand, says that we show love for others by serving them.
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. . (Galatians 5:13)
And God also give us lots of options to show our love for others, making people who are difficult to love not only a possibility but an actuality!
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
I love this passage! I can love people who are difficult to love as well as the people I easily love. Just being kind or patient to someone is showing them love. Holding my tongue or keeping an opinion to myself is also a way to show someone love. Telling someone the truth about Salvation is showing a person love. Not wishing a person any ill will is also a way to show love. Praying for others and simply hoping they follow Jesus is also a way to show a person I love them. This is fabulous news! I really can love everybody just like God asks us to!
Thank you that you do not require impossible tasks for me. There are people who are difficult to love and you make it possible for me to love them – genuinely love them! Thank you! This is so good for my heart and makes room for me to give people what they don’t deserve just like YOU did for ME. I love you so much and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.