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True Love

02.14.16

Love is a beautiful thing. God’s love. Unconditional love. I wrote the following article 2 years ago, but I feel it is worth a repost:

I wanted to address the topic of love. We may think of it as a very pleasant feeling, but God views it differently.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love, does not know God, for God is Love. I John 4:7-8

Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for another. John 15:13

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. and it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13

So often, we think of love as an internal emotion, or an attraction towards another person. But the Bible describes love as a choice to think and behave towards others in a giving and selfless way. We choose to do something sacrificial for another person, laying down our own selfish desires, so that someone else benefits.

It also says that anyone who truly loves is born of God, and knows God. God gave us the example of love in Jesus Christ, who laid down His life for our sins, so that we could be reconciled with God. Do you know God? Do have a relationship with Jesus Christ?

If not, simply ask Jesus to forgive your sins, and come into your heart as your Leader and Forgiver. Get into a good Bible-believing church, and start reading the book of John in the Bible.

If you have difficulty loving in your relationships, and want some more help to be more loving, give me a call. I will be happy to serve you.

Sincerely,
Faith Gallup, LCSW
847-962-5234