Love In Action

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Love In Action

By Chynna Johnson

The ultimate love is the love of God; nothing can compare to it! God’s love for us definitely sets the tone for how we should love and interact with not only people who are easy to love but also those who are challenging to love. I know how hard it is to show that rude supervisor or classmate the love that God shows me. I have to constantly put myself in check to make sure that I am being the best ambassador for God that I can possibly be in order to draw more people near Him. You never know the burdens that those challenging people are going through and why God has placed them in your path. 

Romans 12:9- 18

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Here are some tips to love challenging people directly from Romans 12: 9- 18:

1. Don’t Just Pretend to Love Others. Actually love them.

Push through the emotions that your flesh and the enemy are using to stop you from showing God’s love.

2. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 

Find ways to show  people that you honor them, such as giving them a compliment and praying for them.

3. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Always be ready to serve those around you no matter how they make you feel. 

4. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 

Uplift your challenging people in prayer constantly. Pray that you see them how God sees them. Pray for their successes. Pray for their hearts. Pray for their chains to be broken.

5. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

No matter how successful you are, never think that you are above anyone. Consistently treat EVERYONE with love and respect. 

Putting these tips into practice is difficult at first, but asking God to make room in your heart to love others how He loves you is always a place to start! 

In what ways are you able to practice really loving people?

How can blessing those who persecute positively impact your life and theirs?