A portrait of love
I would like to share a portrait of love, as described by Dr. David Jeremiah in the book.
Words of love -
Words can build up as well as tear down. That’s very true. I once wrote an article titled “The power of the written word.”
We shall remember the advice from reformer Martin Luther: “When I have nothing more to say, I stop talking,” or the advice from our mothers: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Even if you have to confront someone, make sure you speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)
Deeds of love -
Love is both a noun and a verb. While words of love are important, if they are not supported by deeds of love, they will in time sound hallow.
Thoughts of love -
As we think in our hearts, so we become (Proverbs 23:7) Our private thoughts are the building blocks of the people we become. Our thoughts determine our action.
Gifts of love -
God has given to every person three things to manage: time, talent and treasure. It’s more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). A synonym for love is give.
Steps of love -
Every step we take in this life is taken in pursuit of something. Everywhere we go, we are following someone or something. It’s not wrong if we pursue things for ourselves, but if we are only following our own dreams, our life becomes self-centered instead of God-centered. Pursuing something higher than the things of this world.
Today I heard on KTIS AM 900 Faith Radio an interview with Matthew Barnett, founder of the Dream Center and author of THE CAUSE WITHIN YOU. Matthew Barnett’s life is an excellent example of how he gave up his own dream and by doing so found God’s dream for his life, which is much bigger than his own dream.
Purposeful love -
God’s love is purposeful.
In terms of loving God, it means obeying Him. Jesus said: “If you love me, keep my commandments … If anyone loves me, he will keep my word.”
In terms of loving others, it means noticing, discovering, and meeting people’s needs.
Obey God fully and serve others purposefully.
Selfless love -
God’s love is selfless, and that’s in sharp contrast to mere human love.
When God’s love fills our hearts, we begin loving with divine dimensions of love. We become more and more concerned about others – and less and less worried about our own needs.
In our humanness, we can’t be kind to those who are unkind to us. But when we have God’s love in us, He loves people through us. When we love someone unlovable, we show that we are that we are learning the brushstrokes of God’s love.
Unconditional love -
God’s love is unconditional. He loves us without strings.
Sacrificial love -
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)