The world we live in today is not very caring or loving, in some cases very hostile.
Many times the only acceptance one can experience is when "my mind set and life style
agrees with yours". I may accept you conditionally "only if you perform a certain way" - or you are rejected.
What a miserable way to go through life!
We see this in politics and lifestyles today around the world. What can I get for me?
"Come over to my way of thinking and live the way I do then I will accepted you"??
How can one overcome this tension and a superficial happiness that depends on performance but is void of inner peace?
There is a word that can be superficial and misused for selfish reasons and void of God's meaning for today.
That word is Love, and where does this love come from, what does it look like in action and how can I experience this love?
Question: What does Love look like from God's point of view! Let us go to God's Word.
Genesis 1:27 - God created man in His own image ... v28, God blessed them ...
From past to present something happened! What do you think it was? We need to start here!
Exodus 20:6 - ... showing loving lovingkindness ... those who keep my commandments.
Leviticus 19:18 - ... not take revenge or hold a grudge ... love your neighbor as yourself ; I am the Lord.
Romans 13:9 - ... love your neighbor as yourself.
Deuteronomy 4:29 - ... Search for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 6:5 - You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart ... soul and all your might.
Matthew 22:37 - Love God ... heart ... soul and mind.
Matthew 22:39 - ... love your neighbor as yourself.
Any questions? God will reveal more!
Have you drawn any conclusions to God's Holy Word? Let's go deeper into God's perspective on how love is exercised.
Amos 5:15 - Hate evil, love good
Matthew 5:44 - ... love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Deuteronomy 14:29 - ... the alien, the orphan and the widow ... shall come and eat and be satisfied, ... Lord your God may bless you ...
Romans 12:20 - your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink, ...
Loving someone - Benevolent actions toward another person not necssarly feelings toward that person.
Love (usually focus) benevolent actions towards another person rather than feelings for that person.
Does what is in the best interest of others not expecting anything in return.
This is a lot to ask, how can we strive towards God's perspective that we must love others? We need God's help to experience God's love in us and through us to others!
Go to the journal entry "You are no accident", and by faith read last scripture verses and pray to God. Only He can help us experience what real love is all about.
For Bible Verses Try "BibleGateway" New American Standards Bible (NASB)