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Monday, February 1, 2016

Power of Love: Christian Virtues

Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).



We are commanded by Christ to love in more than one verse in the Bible. The instruction to love is mentioned approximately 16 or 17 times, depending on which Bible version you are using. In fact, loving as a Christian isn't just a feeling, it's actually a lifestyle we should take very seriously. Jesus said we should love Him with all of our heart, mind, and soul. He mentioned this is the greatest commandment. 

In a world full of malice, there's no better time than now to focus on the virtues of love as a Christian. Let's talk about love as a Christian for a moment. If you observe the world, you will see a lot of pride in the community and hate plastered all over the place. The true meaning of love is slowly being destroyed right in front of us. This isn't how the Lord wanted His people to be. Love is indispensable and it's vital to the values of a true Christian. 

God's love for His people is unconditional. This is proven in John 3:16; For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. We should be doing our best to show His love to the world through us. Love should be unconditional and pure. Pure love is acceptance and forgiveness of fellow Christians and the world around us. Jesus tells us to love ALL. He doesn't say that we should dislike, hate, or even frown upon anyone.  

The will of God for us is to remain filled with the Holy Spirit, truth, and love. We are to be the love, joy, peace, kindness, faithful, gentle, and patient filled person so that the Lord may use us for His greater plan. How can He do this if we aren't doing our best to be Christ-like, which then opens us up to hear the whispers of God? In order to have the right relationships among those within our lives, we need to  have the right relationship with God by following His Word and direction. If not, this could be a big hindrance with our personal relationship with God. 

There is no one person in this world who is free of sin. We all have sinned. Jesus was/is one who lived a sinless life and loves us so much. Why shouldn't we show our love for Him by displaying our love for others? 



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