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THE BEAUTY of LOVE


Love is always more beautiful than hate.

It always has been

and it always will be.


Matthew 5:43-48

"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

But I say to you -

*love your enemies,

*bless those who curse you,

*do good to those who hate you,

*and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;

for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,

and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?

Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others?

Do not even the tax collectors do so?

Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."



Let's be honest: It is hard to love the haters in your life.

But... that's what God wants us to do.

It's not a suggestion from the Lord to love our enemies - it's an instruction.

We try to make it optional with 'reasons' -

"I don't feel like it."

"They don't deserve it."

"They won't change anyway, so what would my being nice to them or praying for them matter?"

Here's the thing -

it isn't my job to change my enemies.

It isn't my job to change my friends.

That's God's job.

And, believe me, it is far better when left in His hands.



Colossians 3:12-15, "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."


(To read Colossians 3 as a whole, click here.)


Our job: follow the example of Jesus, love like He loved, press on like He pressed on.


Another truth: The enemy is always after the valuable things.

If you find the enemy attacking you, pause and look around because there is something that God wants you to do, or something He wants to do through you, that is worth the enemy's time and effort and attack.

While God can literally use anything in your life to help you, God is especially good at using opposition because it displays His power even more.



We don't have to defend ourselves. God will do that. He says that He will.

We jump to defend ourselves because of insecurity (in both ourselves and in God), impatience (while waiting for God to defend us) and pride.


Psalm 5:11-12, "Let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield."

When we don't love, we don't treat each other like Christian brothers and sisters.

We often bicker within the Church body and we often fill in the Word of God with our opinions.

God commands us to love everyone.

Period.

Plain and simple.

God commands us to love everyone.

You can feel a certain way but CHOOSE to do things like Jesus.

There is no reason not to love others (all others) other than our own choice not to.


I remind my teens often that it is okay to feel anger - but to pray it off as soon as possible. Don't go to bed angry. In your anger, do not sin, because you will be giving the devil a foothold.


And it's not only watching our minds and hearts

but also our words and actions.

Ephesians 4:29-32, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

The thought that people need to earn or deserve our love is a WORLDLY concept - not a Biblical or Godly concept.


The kind of love that God asks of us is not a feeling,

it's a choice.

It is a GRACE-BASED love.




I'm so very far from perfect. But I have learned so much about love in my life. I have seen false representations of love and I have seen One example of pure love - and that is Jesus. And that one example of pure love is all I needed.

A satisfied and secure life will be filled with these three things:

And the greatest of them is love.



Choose love.

Sarah Jane

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