Love. Love is in the air. In the past few months I’ve heard about more engagements, marriages, and relationships forming than I’ve heard in several years. It is truly a beautiful thing. There is another love that needs to be cultivated and that is the love amongst one another.
Everyday we interact with friends, family, classmates, business associates, peers, etc. And most times we neglect to show love to one another. Being considerate, unselfish, understanding, and patient are ways we can show love for our neighbors without spending a dime or sometimes even saying a word. Lending a helping hand, or carrying out your own responsibilities so as not to burden someone else, are small ways to show consideration to those that depend on us.
Even when we feel someone has mistreated us or acted unjustly towards us. We would do well to remember scriptural counsel such as Colossians 3:13 to forgive one another freely just as God freely forgives us.
We live in a world where people no longer care for one another. It is a race “to the top” and people develop a selfish and greedy attitude. Hate, anger, jealousy, and competition are more commonly seen today. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 lists all the things that we see on a daily basis. I look forward to the day when such things will be done away with.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a says what Love is. Love involves cooperation, humility, mildness, patience, and long-suffering, qualities that do not always come naturally or easily. We must work on and develop these qualities to genuinely express love for one another.
I included scriptures in this blog because you cannot talk about love without talking about God. “Beloved ones, let us continue loving one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born from God and gains the knowledge of God. 8 He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7,8). I encourage you to read on to verse 21. We love because He first loved us.