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It is nearly impossible to influence our world without mentioning or demonstrating God's love.

The essence of everything you and I do should be traced back to the foundation of God's Love, which has been shed abroad in our hearts (Rom. 5:5). Love should be the most dominant characteristic in the life of every believer.

It is to our advantage to develop that kind of character—to respond to others in the very disposition of our Heavenly Father.

By virtue of the fact that we are born again, our nature has changed (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 10:9-10, 2 Peter 1:4). That new nature is love.

There will be times when we won't feel like loving, and there will be times when we won't act very loving. But, laying all our feelings aside, love must be worked into the very core of our beings.

There will be things God will ask you and I to do for the sole purpose of walking in love. Others may say, "If I were you, I wouldn't put up with that."

Love will, and love can. Think about it—walking in the love of God will benefit us more than it will benefit anyone else. We will be the ones who get the promotions, if we really walk in the God-kind of love. We are the ones who will be happy and blessed.

Love never fails!

Listen to love's description, found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (paraphrased from B.W. Johnson's The People's New Testament):
  • v4: Let me describe love.  Love stays in difficult relationships with kindness.  Love does not play one-up-man-ship, nor does it react to those who do.
  • v5: Love is not rude or grasping or overly sensitive, nor does love search for imperfections and faults in others.
  • v6: Love celebrates the real, not what is perverse or incomplete.
  • v7: Love is the most enduring quality of human existence.  It keeps on keeping on; it trust in God in every situation and expects God to act in all circumstances.  Nothing can destroy love.
The key to our victory is for love to become a lifestyle.  The very core of our being should radiate the life of Love. If we would be honest with ourselves, most of our complications with other people have come from the fact that we wouldn't walk in the love of God. Perhaps we sought revenge, or sought to get even, and as a result, things got worse.

When we neglect to walk in love, and instead seek to "even the score," it only leaves us more miserable then when we started! There is an old saying that says, "Hate corrodes the vessel that carries it." In other words, we will be in a sad state of affairs if we refuse to walk in love toward other people—even if they don't deserve it!

The blessings that God has in store for us are directly related to our submission to walk in the God-kind of love (1 Peter 3:8-12).

According to the Scriptures, getting even doesn't work (Rom. 12:17-21). On the contrary, love will always look for opportunities to serve.  It is to be regretted that the attitude of the world has found its way among the people of God.

Instead of serving, we look for positions of prominence and preeminence. The best way up is down. When you finally decide to take the low seat is when God will exalt you to the high seat. To paraphrase Jesus Himself, the greatest of all is the servant of all (see also Luke 14:7-11).
Then He came to Capernaum.  And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve and said to them,  "If any one desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."
(Mark 9:33-35 NKJV)
The 12 disciples were reprimanded because they were scheming for position. The reason they kept silent when Jesus brought the subject up is because they knew in their hearts that they were guilty.

They knew they were wrong and Jesus called them on it.

Unlike the disciples, who were jockeying for position, the God-kind of Love will always be humble enough to serve (Matthew 23:11-12). Most importantly, though, is that the God-kind of love will love people unconditionally!

It may seem like an impossible task, but pray today and ask God to show you how you can love someone in your life (or serve them!) unconditionally.

Anthony N. Wade Ministries
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Anthony N. Wade
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Anthony N. Wade gave his life to The Lord Jesus Christ in 1973 and along with his wife, has been serving in ministry for decades.

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