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Simple Love

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. —1 John 4 :7 niv

With all the talk about leadership and success and careers, we can forget the basics of life. It’s not climbing the corporate ladder. It’s not finagling a way to pay for our child’s college. It’s not embracing runaway success. It’s not about looking younger than you are.

No, life is love. And love is God.

We are happiest when we measure our lives differently from the world. Not in how much we make, how cool we are, how popular we’ve become, but in how well we love.

Take an informal inventory of your life right now. Think about the relationships God has given you. How well do you love those people? Are you actively practicing grace and forgiveness? Do you treat them the way you like to be treated? Are you kind? Would the people in your life categorize you as a loving person? Why or why not?

Love is the ultimate measure of your growth. May it be that you love well this week, seeking times to actively show your love.

Jesus, open my eyes to my relationships this week. I want to love my family and friends better. I also want to be kind to strangers. Teach me to love, since love is your primary nature and language. Amen.

From Daily Gifts of Hope ©2013 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. 4 months ago
    Tara Boswell- Horsley says

    I believe I show love every single day to my Family and people around me,

  2. 4 months ago
    Samantha Cermak says

    You know, I honestly do try to love and forgive as the Lord does, but lately I’m having a hard time. My son is 12 years old, and last year we found out that he was raped by my twin sisters ex-husband. He is having a really hard time with it, and truthfully, so am I. I am filled with so much hate for that man, that honestly sometimes I wonder if I’m a good person or not. I try to love and forgive everyone around me, but I can’t forgive that man. He hurt my son in the most unimaginable way. To make matters worse, he molested my nephew as well. Right now he is in prison 50 years with 30 suspended for the molestation of my nephew. I pray that he gets more time for raping my son. I am sure he will, but sometimes I wonder if jail-time or prison are enough. I get so sad and depressed when I think about this situation. I don’t talk about it with my family, because (we are a VERY close knit family) it’s a very touchy subject. I just don’t know what to do. I pray all the time, at least I try, and it just doesn’t seem to ease the pain and agony I feel every day. I just don’t know what to do. I could use some prayers for myself and my family, and some words of wisdom. Thanks for listening.

    • 3 months ago
      Dawn Snyder says

      Praying for you and your son… My heart hurts for him.. God will strengthen you over time so that you can forgive but you will never truly forget.. You need to lean on others, you cannot carry this weight yourself. Your whole family needs healing… not dealing with it openly and then moving forward.. you will never feel free of it.. God loves you and your son and will provide what/who you need if you leave yourself open to it… YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! Stay strong.. Truly I cannot imagine completely what you are going through but I have some similar painful scars from my childhood as well and can empathize with you.. I will pray for you daily that God shows you HIS light and that you get some relief.. Change is going to come and your son deserves that!!! God heals and uses even the darkest moments to help others for HIS Glory!!! 1 Peter 5:10

  3. I’m so glad I found your blog. I’m a reading, writing, blogging mamma that has a story to share. On quest to find out what makes a writer I began the journey of reading the entire children’s section at my local library. God led me to the Bible and now I write for Him. He works in amazing ways my friend ;-)

    Here’s the Blog:

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  4. Yes one does need insight into how they are following the savior.
    Too much focus upon things and situations can cause me to thing too low of where I am in my path.

    So it’s best if I have others who know me and have seen me follow the Lord and observed when I have my struggles. Not to compare my life with them, but to remind me of past areas that I have gone the best way and followed Christ.
    I now belong to a small group women’s study that does just this and it’s made my growth in the Lord the past year bloom.
    I pray that others can find at least 3-5 others to pray and share on a weekly basis this needed reminder of the Lord’s supply to enable walking deeply with HIM.

  5. 4 months ago
    Linda Weems says

    I so much would like to love as our Lord.I really try to look beyond people ways or actions to see them as God’s children.I’m by no means perfect at this,but I do pray and strive to do better.

  6. 4 months ago
    Gretta Roark says

    I believe i try to show love to others everyday. I try at least.