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Christian Love Is a Verb

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

– Romans 12:9-13

Have you ever wondered what all the confusion is about when it comes to love? Today, I want to give you two of the three things that I believe make up the definition of Christian love. The first thing, and I am sure you all know what I am going to share, Christian love is not a feeling! Christian love can be defined as a verb. It is something that you do for the benefit of others. Love is care for the well-being of all human beings. It is for this reason that you are able to love your enemies. To put it another way, love is the act of serving others. 

This brings us to the second definition of Christian love. Christian love is becoming a person who is loving. Christian love is often mistaken for a lightbulb, something you shine on people, but in reality, it is becoming a different person. In a way, Christian love is like becoming a lightbulb in the sense that you become transformed and bring God’s light everywhere you go. Modern Californians refer to it as a vibe. With Christian love, you bring a positive, contagious, and loving vibe with you all of the time! 

Friend, when you bring this sense of love into people’s hearts, they go, wow! God in you emanates kindness, compassion, love, and service that people can’t always explain. Instead of having to make an effort all the time, you’re bringing the love of God that’s already planted in you to bless others.

Prayer


Father, show me how to practice love by caring for others’ well-being.

Reflection


Wherever you go, do you carry the light of love? What can you do to expand your love walk?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power  online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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  1. One of the ways I try in helping others is by reaching out to kids in need, such as supporting World Vision with their devotion towards families that cannot make ends meet alone. So when I started paying my tithe, ten percent back to the Lord, that inspired me to also consider taking on one child, which lead me to another and another, like an amazing grace and joy all in one. But I reached my limit when I got to five kids and their families, which also supported their communities. Then I also started supporting two sick children hospitals in my community, if this was not enough, I took an interest in a cancer foundation which helped my mother beat cancer, and she lived till she was 77 years, 30 years after her affliction with the pestilence of cancer. The joyfulness is amazing, but their is also an earthy reward, better known as a tax refund and most of all, thanks be to God for what He has also put in my heart, to be able to do because I am single, not married, I can. Amen.

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