WALKING IN LOVE
We set our hearts to love as He has loved us; this is His instructions to us. His love has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, thus we can love as He has loved us. God’s love is patient, kind, is not jealous, does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly and does not take into account a wrong suffered. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. God’s love in us never fails. It knows no fear, no defeat, no hatred, no prejudice…. and this is the love we are growing in and learning to exhibit in every situation of life.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment...
1 John 3:16-20
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we [a]know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
...and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
2 John 1:6
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her...
Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.
2 Corinthians 5:14
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
Song of Solomon 7:12
"Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded And its blossoms have opened, And whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"
Song of Solomon 7:10-11
"I am my beloved's, And his desire is for me. "Come, my beloved, let us go out into the country, Let us spend the night in the villages..
WALKING IN LOVE
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he addresses many questions to the church about the nature of their relationship with their Savior and how that affects the believer’s life. How should God’s children be imitators of God in the way they love others? How does God’s Spirit enable the believer to better love and serve? These selections from Ephesians 5 are a reflection on how the believer’s relationship with God will affect their relationships with others.
LOVING WELL AND LOVING OFTEN
Relationships are hard, raw, beautiful, and the best parts of life on Earth. Relationships are the people in your life that you exchange some amount of value with...people who are both equal parts important to you as you are to them. So much of our relationships leave us with uninvited pain and frustration. Fortunately God’s words guides us into valuing not only ourselves, but others through His eyes.
BEING LOVED AND LOVING OTHERS
Dr. Seuss wrote that “you know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because the reality is better than your dreams.” Is love your reality? In the first of these guided audio meditations, you discover how to love and be loved. The second meditation will help you detect the burdens of others and lighten them with love. And a final reflection on feeling love by gathering with others.