by Lesley Cartwright
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honour” –Romans 12:2 (NASB)
When I read the scriptures, one thing that stands out to me the most is the love that God has for people. Everything He does or did is motivated by love. A new commandment, Jesus said is that you love the Lord your God, and to love one another as we love ourselves (See Luke 10:27).
If there is something that needs to be said about human nature, it’s this – “everyone is looking for love and appreciation!” In the movie “Moulin Rouge” they coined it nicely saying “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
Love does makes the world go round, Jesus gave His life because of it, and faith can’t even work without it (John 3:16, Gal 5:6). You see we all get our characteristics and true nature from God (Gen 1:26), and He is love (1 John 4:8). So it stands to reason that we should be walking in love at all times, preferring one another (put others first, giving them honour).
When we choose to put someone else’s needs above our own, God sees it and He rewards it. Loving others is a top priority! Often when people get in our faces or stab us in the back, we want to grab them and give them a piece of our mind but that is not the way things are done in God’s Kingdom. It’s best to step away from the situation and cool off. Let God show you the good and what the best reaction should be.
Take action: Look for ways to show love to each other today. Don’t let the cares of your day transfer negatively onto others. Put aside your own battles and focus on showing love to someone else instead of getting even. If there is a “sorry”, or “thank you” that needs to be said – become vocal about it.
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