For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16
As a child of God, the love of God is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). He now expects you to demonstrate that love, sharing it with those around you. God wants the world to see and appreciate the matchless beauty of His love. Take every opportunity in your daily encounter with people to express God’s love to them.
Love for people is what really counts with God. God is love, and as His children, we’re to love like Him: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour” (Ephesians 5:1-2). Hatred for anyone, irrespective of what they may have done to or against you, is unacceptable to God. Jesus showed us the excellent example by loving everyone He met. He loved even His accusers; those who put Him on the cross. We ought to emulate the Master by loving everyone, no matter the circumstances.
Hatred is of the devil, and the Bible describes it as one of the works of the flesh, while designating love as a fruit of the recreated human spirit (Galatians 5:22). Love is self-giving; it makes you give of yourself to others without thinking of what you’ll get in return. It makes you think of others and accept them as they are. Love is unselfish and doesn’t seek its own; it breaks the barriers of race, ethnicity, and social status. Take some time to appreciate those around you and show them the love of Christ today.
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Dear Father, I thank you for your love that fills my life to overflowing, having been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. That love radiates through me today, and I manifest it to everyone in my world in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Romans 13:8; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:1-2