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Genuine Love

Genuine Love

17 December 2009

Scripture:

5 So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 6 Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. 7 Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. (2 Peter 1:5-7 NLT)

I can’t get away from it! Everything I’m reading as we go through the New Testament letters to the churches focuses on love. Paul’s doctrine-rich letters talk to me about love. James’s little letter to Jewish Christians speaks of love. Peter’s letters to suffering Christians are about love.

All the effort I make to grow my faith is so that I can live a moral life, a life that allows me to know God better. This leads to developing self-control, which produces patient endurance, resulting in a life of godliness – all this, the entire process, is to help me love other Christians more. I know that if I really commit myself to this process, and stay with it to the end, I will grow to have genuine love for everyone.

This is what God is talking to me about in this season of my life. Day after day as I read, then push the pause button and think about what I’ve just read, God is talking to me about loving other people. I do love other people, but I have such a long way to go to love like Jesus loves. I love some other people more than I love others. I like some other people more than others. I don’t know exactly where he’s taking me with this matter of loving others, but his emphasis to me is inescapable – Grow to have genuine love for everyone.

Prayer:

Father, I embrace your daily words to me about love. I willingly walk this path of growing in love for others – other Christians and other others. I know I’ve a long way to go, but I go willingly and eagerly forward. Grow me to love others as you love me. Amen.

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