My word for 2012 was love. I would like to share 3 things that I learned about love.
1. You cannot have love without God.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God;
and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
By this the love of God was manifested in us,
that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world
so that we might live through Him.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us
and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has seen God at any time;
if we love one another, God abides in us,
and His love is perfected in us.. . .
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God,
God abides in him, and he in God.
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us.
God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God,
and God abides in him.
1 John 4:7-12 and 15-16
Since God is love, without Him there can be no love. We are unable to get love in our lives without Him.
2. Love is selfless.
[Love] does not seek its own
1 Corinthians 13:5
If we are thinking about ourselves, we are not loving others. I am amazed at how easy it is to be self-centered. Love, real love, God’s love, is focused on others. Jesus’ life on earth is a beautiful example of love. He gave up all the glory of heaven and His exalted position to be a man. On earth He lived for others, the rich and the poor, the kind and the mean, the beautiful and the ugly, the sick and the healthy, the noble and the untouchables, the giving and the hateful. That is the kind of love that He wants us to have, and because of Him it is possible.
3. Love needs to be demonstrated
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love;
just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
1 John 4:10
When we think of demonstrating love, we usually think of all the things we can do for other people. Maybe we spend our time thinking of all that others will do for us. The demonstration that needs to be made is the one referred to in the verse above. We need to obey God, if claim to love Him. He said that it can be no other way. This is not merely obeying what other people say that He says, but reading the Bible ourselves and asking Him to show us what He wants us to do. It will take time to understand God and His desires, but He will guide our understanding as we read. We can’t know what to do unless we read the Bible. The blessings that will come to us are worth spending time reading God’s Word and obeying it.
Love needs to be real. With God and by obeying His Word, it is possible. It is worth it to put aside our personal visions of what love is and look to God. Love for God spills out in beautiful, loving ways to others.
I thought of several different things
to focus on for 2013
and decided that
is the word for the year
I look forward to learning more about it this year.