The aged apostle John writes,
“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. (1Jn 4:7-11 – ESV).”
The renowned apostle Paul writes,
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1Co 13:1-3-ESV)”
Living Lovely remembers:
- Love takes Time. God takes His time with us, molding us into what we can become in Christ. God also spent time with us not only in the presence of His Son walking the earth, but He also spends time with us in His Word. When we pray, He takes time to listen. Learn from God. Spend time with the ones you love, take time to listen to their desires, doubts, and dreams.
- Love take Tenderness. We see the tenderness of God in the compassion of Christ. He demonstrated great tenderness with the lost sheep of Israel. He demonstrates such tenderness in calling us to Him by being lifted up. The often quoted verse in John 11 – “Jesus wept” – displays a very tender love. Learn from God. Be tender with you spouse. Be gentle with your children. Live compassionately toward those who struggle in life. Shed tears when others are hurting.
- Love takes Timidity. I realize Paul says there is no fear in love. Timidity is not fear. Timidity in this context is more closely related to meekness and humility. Jesus, who had all the wealth, privilege, and power of heaven, gave all of that up to become poor, underprivileged, and relatively powerless while on this earth because of His love for us. Learn from God. Love does not seek to control others. Love does not look for personal gain. To live lovely, put your spouse, your children, your family, your spiritual family, and God before self.
How will you Live Lovely in 2011?