We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Do we love only those who are easy to love?
Do we need others to approach us…defer to us….make us feel good about..well… us in order to gain our love and care?
Can we love those who aren’t very nice to us? What about those who just don’t seem to care?
Is it possible to seek to love regardless of the circumstances?
If we are feeling downtrodden and in the dumps because our love or affection is not reciprocated, do we remember who we look to for our own source of acceptance, love, grace and joy?
How does love tie in with putting others before ourselves?
Is love just a feeling or a choice?
I don’t know about you, but when I read all that Jesus has to say about love it becomes pretty clear to me….love is active. Love is not dependent upon a feeling or a situation or a specific set of conditions or circumstances. If we can make someone feel loved, it is all the better, but it’s not a requirement to elicit a feeling or certain response in order to fulfill this command (and privilege, by the way). 🙂
No….love is an active choice and we can show love even when we aren’t feeling it. And we can communicate and show our love even if the person on the receiving end doesn’t “feel it”.
Choose to love today and let God do the rest. Jesus did it for us. And because of Him and the gift of the Spirit He has provided to live inside of us, we can do it for others. We’re loving Him by loving them.
Yes, love is beautiful, yet it isn’t always bundled in cute little packages, is it? Fact of the matter is, the greatest example of love ever shown was not a pretty picture to look at at all.
It certainly wasn’t a pretty experience either.
And oh yes….there IS beauty in THAT.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13