Millions of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate and flowers.When you receive a bouquet, you feel appreciation. But you don’t need a significant other celebrating this popular Holiday either. In fact, we should focus more on loving others each day. When I see my neighbor outside watering the lawn, do I witness God’s love? If I only care about my life, I would not be an effective witness. People need to hear the good news (the word), because they have problems. When we look at other people, they may seem happy with a perfect life. Of course, someone else can hide his problems from the world and suffer depression. You and I never know what problems others go through every day.
What is love?
Is love a feeling that you get? The Bible clearly explains the definition of love. First of all, love covers many sins, and I owe love to my brothers and sisters. Love is patient and kind. It never keep a record of wrongs because God demands that you forgive others 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Is this scripture easy to follow? No.
People constantly criticize other Christians when they sin. But do we look at our own sins? Just because I don’t commit adultery or steal clothes why should I look down on someone else’s sin? As soon as you repent, God forgives. Just because God forgives us instantly we do not have a license to sin again and again.
Jesus spoke out against the Pharisees’ actions after a women committed adultery. Yeah, the religious leaders had planned to stone her. Jesus intervened as the angry crowd judged the woman. Nobody condemned her partner because he was a man. Do you love or hate people who make mistakes? John 8:1-7 NIV.
“All right, let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.”
Looking at someone else’s mistakes, you judge harshly. If we are not careful, we can stumble in the same area. When a person sins, a church leader should restore the person with love. Don’t forget Jesus died on the cross for our sins so I have victory today. He paid the ultimate price for our sins. The Devil accuses the children of God as he tries to steal their joy. We do not claim defeat but victory today. Lord, I praise you.
Love isn’t selfish because Jesus loved us so much. By his stripes we are healed to love more. He was bruised for our iniquities.
Joseph had a dream describing his future in a leadership role, but he did not know about numerous struggles. His brothers sold him into slavery, and they lied about his death. For years, Joseph lived in Egypt as a slave while his father mourned his death. At the appointed time, Joseph became the prime minister of Egypt, and he met his brothers again. But Like Joseph, God may show you the reward a job or spouse, but you must diligently work toward the blessing suffering pain, fatigue. This task weighs your heart down, because you become anxious. God comforts us with the word. I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging for bread. I always quote this scripture, during discouraging times, because I receive even more strength. Above all, God promises to never leave you. The Kingdom of God not only has the best benefits but God also cares for his children. Even though I doubt God’s promises and sin, he is faithful to forgive me so I can receive my reward in due season.
Another example, the apostle Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. Some considered that act the ultimate betrayal. Peter felt awful when he realized Jesus’ words. Matthew 26:69-75. He suffered the lowest point in his life during a severe trial!
Love Covers A Multitude of Sins
Jesus rose on the third day, and he conquered death for all of us. Later, Jesus appeared to his disciples and ministered to them. Matthew 28:16-20. Peter failed. However, Jesus forgave him without feeling bitter. Can you forgive others instantly and love?
How can I improve my own love walk as I develop a deeper relationship with my heavenly father? Pray constantly and read my word. Even though Jesus was the only perfect man who walked on the earth, another person will have imperfections. Today, I examine my heart and make adjustments so that I love more and more like Jesus.