Thursday, January 22, 2009

real love


1 John 4:9-12 (nlt) --- God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

That is a powerful passage.  As I look closer as what God says about His love for people, I am touched by what seems to jump off the page as "real love".  Why is that?  It is because so much of what we see depicted as love just isn't. 
 
That wrong or false love has everything to do with trying to get something in return, or trying to make yourself feel better or lots of other reasons and misses.
 
When God describes His love for us, it is simple. 
 
Luke 10:27 (nlt) --- The man answered, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.' And, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Love God and let your love for God show in loving others.
 
Take a minute today to examine the kind of love you have for God and the kind of love you display and give to others.  By God's definition, is your love "real love"?

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