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Friday, January 20, 2017

The World Needs Love: Here Are Eight (8) scriptures Organized by Praisejamzblog to Help You Spread Some || Read For Free

As the body of Christ, what we need now more than ever is love. Here are 8 scriptures to help govern your dealings with others, so that the gentleness and compassion of Christ will shine through your life.

1) 1 John 3:18 (NIV)- “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Real love is so much more than a feeling. The saying “actions speak louder than words” holds true here. If someone claims to love you, their behavior should reflect the love they talk about. How do you treat people? Does it scream love or not?

2) 1 John 4:20 (NIV)- “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or a sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” A great way to determine someone’s true character is by taking notice of their interactions with others. If they are truly a loving person, their attitude towards those around them will attest to this. How would others view your actions?

3) 1 John 3:16 (NIV)- “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” You should have the heart of a servant. If you are truly loving, be willing to sacrifice your time, resources and even comfort for the benefit of someone else. This is the heart of a Christian, someone who really walks in love.

4) 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)- “Love is patient, love is kind…” Patience allows others room to make errors and grow, without being harsh, judgmental and mean-spirited. Are you giving people room to err and still expressing kindness? If not, begin today.

5) 1 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)- “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” Real love is selfless, slow to anger, and holds no grudges. Take inventory of your dealings with friends, families, associates and even strangers. Take into account the biblical definition of love rooted in this scripture and adhere to it daily.

6) Proverbs 17:9 (ESV)- “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.” A friend who lives in love will forgive you when you mess up and keep it moving, rather than constantly reminding you of what you did wrong. Real love forgives. If someone offends you release it and move forward.

7) Proverbs 27:5 (ESV)- “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” Those who genuinely care will offer you much-needed advice and truth, even when you don't want to hear it. They will tell you what's real when no one else will. A friend who will hurt you now to help you later is better than one who will stand by and watch you walk blindly into trouble. Be a truth-telling friend.

8) 1 John 4:8 (NLT)-
“But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” True love comes from God, so anyone disconnected from Him won't know how to express divine love. Be sure that you are a shining example. Lead the way with your actions. In this, God will be pleased.

Let the love of Christ be apparent in your life. You’ll draw many people that way and spread the kind of joy, compassion and hope this world desperately needs.

Find tangible ways to show love. After all, it is a verb that requires action.




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