“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:7-12
Lately I haven’t felt very loving toward anyone including myself. In fact, my attitude lately has been very selfish and weary. I have these dreams that I’m just sitting on, and I have been feeling sorry for myself and put upon by others. (I’m not put upon by others, but that is how I have felt.)
But despite the fact that I have not been feeling loving towards anyone, I have been fighting my feelings and trying to act loving toward my family.
Why? Because love is more than just a feeling.
I may not feel loving toward myself, my family, and my friends, but I can still love them.
In Matthew 22, Christ is asked what the greatest commandment is. He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, and your might. And the second is like unto it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Loving God and loving each other isn’t a suggestion. It is a commandment. It is something that we do, more than it is something that we feel. Love does.
Love is more than a thought or a feeling. Love is an action.
So when we are commanded to love, we are commanded to do more than feel love. We are commanded to live love.
We are commanded to live it. Do it. We are commanded to reach beyond our feelings, reach beyond how we are treated by others, and live love.
When it comes down to it, living love is simply treating other people the way that we want to be treated. It is placing their needs before our own, not because they are better than us or because they are worth more than us but because we would want them to do the same for us and because Christ did more for us than that.
Living love isn’t about the way that we feel. It is about what we do.
Loving God and loving each other is about action, but it isn’t legalistic. It isn’t a list of “do’s” and “don’ts.” It is action filled with grace.
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14
How are you putting on love today? How are you living it out in your life for others to see?
Live love today. Treat others how you want to be treated.