To Love and Be Loved

There’s a lot of talk about love today.  What is it?  Is love a feeling?  How can I love and be loved?  Will it last? 

To find love, we must look in the right places.  We must first look to the Lord.  Jesus himself said that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend, which is exactly what He did.  He told us, then showed us true love.  The Bible says God is love.  Jesus showed us the Father’s love and that He himself loved us when He died in our place.  We were helpless- we couldn’t reach God, so God reached us, showing us true and lasting love.

Love gives.  Love is not a feeling, but a decision. Jesus struggled with going to the cross to die; He did it when He did not feel like it.  Afterall, who looks forward to a painful death?  But He chose to do it.  When you love someone, you give your all for that person, no matter the cost or how painful.

So how can I love and be loved?  It’s simple, really.  Believe in the love Jesus showed us at the cross and receive that love.  As we receive His love, we can love others.  Jesus loves you and me so much that He proved it by giving His life.  He gave His all for us.  As we receive all He is and all He has done for us, we too can be free to love and be loved.

We are to love one another because Jesus loves us.  Only God’s love lasts forever.  Selah.

-Jim

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