I’m supposed to love my neighbor? Okay. By golly, I will.”
So we try. Teeth clinched. Jaw firm. We’re going to love if it kills us! And it may do just that.
Could it be we are missing a step? Could it be that the first step of love is not toward them but toward him? Could it be that the secret to loving is receiving? You give love by first receiving. “We love each other as a result of his loving us first” (1 John 4:19 NLT)
A Love Worth Giving, Living in the Overflow of God's Love. By Max Lucado
Let’s look at the love chapter in the Bible and see what real love looks like-
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:3-8
But what the Bible also says is that we love because He first loved us.
-1 John 4:7-11
I think that this is the reason that spending time in communion with God every day is essential, that is the only way that we can stay filled with Him, and His love.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. - Romans 12:2
Because of Him,