“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Theresa
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13
This by far is one of my favorite scriptures. It is a true description of what genuine Love really is. Love is the number one thing we search for in life, it seems without it none of us can truly be happy. God created us to Love. February seems to be the LOVE month. Valentines is the probably as big an event as Christmas.
I was watching the show, “Once Upon A Time,” and one of the characters stated that the only way to break the curse upon the land was, “true love.” Then Emma is born out of love, and as the, “savior,” and does exactly that.
The bible shows us that after our humanity was cursed by sin, the only way to be saved was through Jesus being born. He was to show a true act of love to break the curse and open the door for us to be saved, so He died on the cross and sacrificed himself for our sins. His genuine love for us broke the curse the enemy had on us all. Our lives are sort of like, a fairy tale.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
It’s truly hard to love at all times, as our nature is not exactly like Christ. But we can strive to adopt His ways. Sometimes the person that is hardest to love is the person who needs it the most.
I’ve heard it said that the measure of your love for God, is measured by the person you love the least.
“If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” – 1 John 4:20
We are to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) If we only loved people because they loved us back, it would be a sad world. (Matthew 5:46) A lot of the world problems would be solved if we just learned how to love unconditionally. Is there any other kind of love? Jesus died on the cross, not because we were perfect, and definitely not in a perfect condition. He loved against all odds.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
“Love is the greatest form of spiritual warfare.” – Joyce Meyer
Jesus loved us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8) So He simply asks that we show that same kindness to others, for in doing that, we are doing as unto the Lord. Love can heal a multitude of things. (1 Peter 4:8) Ask God for a heart that can love against all odds.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela