Dare to Love
What is love?
Is it that:
❤️ Feeling that you and I get when we sink our teeth into our favorite dessert or drink a perfectly sweetened glass of tea?
❤️ Or maybe it’s when we read a good book, watch our favorite tv show or movie?
❤️ What about our passions such as business, writing, drawing, or painting?
❤️ That sweet pet that welcomes us home after we’ve been away?
❤️ Our family and friends?
❤️ Perhaps it is the way our hearts race and our hands sweat when we see the person, we enjoy spending time with romantically? (Be that as a sexual conquest, significant other, or spouse.)
I could go on and on, but I want to tell you that NONE of these things–or others you might suggest–is truly love.
One of the things I love as I study other languages, especially those used in the original manuscripts of the Bible is that there are different words for the one word you and I use in English to express love.
I’ve always thought love was a feeling, but it’s not. Our minds and bodies define our interactions with things, places, pets, and people–as feelings.
We can feel joy, peace, anger, hate, and any number of things based on circumstances.
HOWEVER, “Biblical love finds its origin in God. He is the source—an infinite spring of divine kindness and care. From Him Christians can draw and find refreshment both for themselves and for others*.“
It is only from God we can find the ability to “love” someone we would otherwise hate.
It is this unconditional love that this world needs.
How can we access this love?
True LOVE is a CHOICE
I’d like to say it’s easy but it’s not.
You must accept the love and forgiveness of God. This is the only way to you have the ability to truly love those who are otherwise unlovable.
1 John 4:9-10, reminds us that the love of God was revealed to us, when God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
God did this for us NOT because we loved him, BUT because He Loved us!
That just blows my mind just thinking about it. 💥
God demonstrated His ultimate LOVE so that you and I could LIVE.
So, we could LOVE.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:11-12).
So today I challenge you…I DARE you to accept LOVE so that you too can LOVE!
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*Barton, B. B., & Osborne, G. R. (1998). 1, 2 & 3 John (p. 92). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.