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. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NLT
Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, Above all, put on love — the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.
Colossians 3:12, 14-15 HCSB
This is a three-part series. The second and third parts will be posted next week and next two weeks Sunday.
Hey everyone! Valentines Day is in a couple of days and I can already see the love in the air.
For those of us who will spend our Valentine’s day at work, in church, or on amazing dates, I’m sure we can all squeeze out time from our day to read this post.
The world has made the 14th of February into a cliché gift giving, sex having, dinner having, romance movie watching day. We’ve succeeded in making people develop the mindset that showing love should be restricted to this particular day and that is soooooooooo wrong.
We should show the LOVE OF CHRIST to EVERYONE, EVERYDAY.
Anyways, to the topic at hand:
Loving like Christ
1. Love is patient and kind
If we claim to love like Christ does, we must have patience and show Kindness to everyone. Someone owes you money and can’t pay when promised, exercise patience. Someone replies rudely to your tweet, exercise patience. Someone calls you names, exercise patience.
Showing patience is also related to kindness. When you chill before getting into a back and forth tweet fight with someone, you’re also being kind. When you give your debtor a little more time to pay you, you’re being kind.
Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience – Colossians 3:12 HCSB
2. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
If you want to love like Christ does, you must kill every attitude of jealousy. We are commanded in the Bible to live decent lives, lives worthy of emulation, lives that show forth Christ in us.This is possible by distancing ourselves from jealousy and a host of other vices.
Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy – Romans 13:13 NLT
Sometimes, we absent-mindedly engage in pride, while some people do it on purpose. To make this clear, there is absolutely no excuse for you to be proud.
You’re dressed better than someone else in church, so? That is never an excuse to look down on someone who is less dressed. Your father is a commissioner, ehen? Why do you make it a habit to constantly oppress those with less money than you claim to have?
EVERY SINGLE THING YOU OWN WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY GOD. If he wants to take it away. He can do it ASAP. Don’t let pride be your downfall!!
What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own? -1 Corinthians 4 NLT
3. Love does not demand it’s own way (Is not self-centred)
Many times, we see Christ putting the needs of others above his needs. Since the ultimate aim is to love like Christ did, at times we will have to focus on the needs of others over our needs. Now this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attend to our needs, but if you see that you can offer a helping hand to someone, please do.
Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4 HCSB
Now finally, all of you should be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble. –1 Peter 3:8 HCSB
Tbh, as annoying as this might sound, we are also to be compassionate to those who constantly seek out ways to get on our nerves. Remember your actions could win souls over to the kingdom of God.
But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil.- Luke 6:35 HCSB
That’s it for this week guys. I understand people have short attention spans, so I had to divide the topic into parts.
I sincerely hope you learnt something from this post.
Please try your best to love like Christ did. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. I’m 100% sure he’ll school you in the art of loving like Christ did.
God bless you all.
I love you ♥ !!