My prayer for you for today is that the Lord will help you to really love with genuine affection. In Jesus Name.
Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Falling in love. I remember (vaguely – ha ha) when I was in school how it was when you were in love. The world seems to turn slower, the air was clearer, you had a permanent smile on your face and your heart leaped every time you saw the other person, and they could do nothing wrong, all was just perfect. You are almost floating as if you are in a cartoon. Love can be so powerful. Paul reminds us of what Jesus said the important commandments are, and that is to love each other, but I love how he repeats it in the next statement: “Really love them.” Paul comes back and doubles his love statement with really love each other. He wants us to get the concept that love overcomes all, love is the measurement we must use to measure others. Jesus said that you must love other as you love yourself. Love to me is the way I love my family, my wife and my two sons. When you really love someone you get a burning feeling every time you take a moment and just be with them. It is in watching them work or watching them play, seeing achievement and victory in their eyes or just watching them laugh. It is not just watching but really looking, seeing their inner beauty. It is true affection that makes your heart bounce. Then Paul repeats it again in: “ Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.” he makes it clear how important this way of life is. Love can set you free, it can break the boundaries and overcome fear. Love can change any person and any circumstance, love can overcome the world.
Jesus is the prime example, He died for all, even those on our bad list. Let’s try and serve God enthusiastically by beginning to love more. Hate what is wrong and hold tight to what is good. My prayers are with you.
Blue skies, and warm days in South Africa, it is going to be a beautiful day. All the best for 2012, my prayer is that we will grow in our relationship with God as we continue to serve Him.
Have a great day, friend of Jesus.