Pr. 15:18: “A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.”
If you want to go back and read parts one, two, and three of this 4-part series, just click on those links and it will take you there.
Today’s topic is love. “Behold, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
God IS love! And we love one another because love is of Him and we are born of Him and we know Him. When we aren’t loving one another, then it’s an indicator than something is off in our relationship with God. When we aren’t loving then something is wrong.
Vs. 10 says that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love on another.” (vs. 11)
How do we love one another? 1 John 3:16-18 says, “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? …let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
We show love by meeting each other’s needs when we can. We love by our actions, not just by saying, “I love you.” Meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Love requires sacrifice.
Pr. 17:22: “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Some people’s bones have been dried through brokenness. But we have the remedy for that. Pr. 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”
Perhaps we can be the one who gives health back to that person with the dried bones with our pleasant words and our love. Also, those wrathful people who stir up strife…perhaps their bones have been dried up for a long time. Perhaps they are hard, unyielding and rank, but it could be our love and our pleasant words that brings the sweetness and health back to their bones.
Pr. 17:14 says, “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before it starts.” We all know that’s true. Once it has begun it almost impossible to get it stopped. Maybe we could be the ones that choose to trust God instead, allay contention, and simply choose love.
Again, we can only control what we do, not what other do, or how others react. If they don’t react with kindness, then we react with forgiveness, yes? If you’ve forgotten, go back and re-read the last few blogs at the links above.
I know this all goes against our fleshly, human-nature, but when we do what God has asked us to do, we can trust that He will have our back and see us through! We have to believe it!
Believing we can do it, in Him!