Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Resolution #2 - Say I Love You

Three simple words that are so powerful.

Love Loud

1 Corinthians 13:1-3  If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.

The libraries of the world are full of books about love, you would think that we would be better at it, we should have figured out by now who the expert is on the subject and would have learned to be much better at it.

Some of the books on love are about people that are in love, some of them try and define what love is and some of them try and teach us how to do it but there isn't any book that measures up to the Bible, it has everything that those books have and so much more.

The Bible is the greatest love story every written

The Bible tells us the story of God pursuing his love, from cover to cover the Bible tells us about the greatest love story ever, God loves his creation and he is especially crazy in love for mankind. God has been in pursuit of man since the Garden of Eden, he has always desired a relationship with us, he is reaching out to us patiently and waiting for us to respond.

God has really gone to the extreme to have a relationship with us, he did everything to make it possible by providing salvation through the death of his son, the sacrifice for our sins.
Exodus 15:13 “With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home."

The Bible gives me the real definition of love

The world needs a good working definition of love, you can look at the books that are written or you can search the internet or you could watch the media for the definition of love in society today but you won't get much help.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
One of the most famous passages of scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, it is an extended definition of real love, quoted by so many people and put into practice by so few.

The Bible tells me how to love

Not only does the Bible tell me about love but it also gives me an awesome example, Jesus told us that we have to love loud and crazy just like he did, he is the perfect example. Jesus lived out that definition of love from 1 Corinthians13:4-7 and he tells his followers that they need to do the same.
John 13:34 "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

1 Peter 1:22 Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you were cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts.
Three little words is all that it takes to make somebodies day, it is so simple, just say them to somebody today and everyday. There are all kinds of ways to say it and it show it, tell them in person or write it down and if saying it is too hard then find a way to show it through a random act of kindness.

This world that is so full of hurt and so confused about love needs Christ followers to live a life that is screaming loud with love, after all if I am that full of love then somebody is going to ask me how I can be that way then I can tell them about the creator of love. Remember that Jesus said that they would know us by our love.

Thank you Jesus for your perfect love, you gave the perfect example of love while you were here on earth, help me to love loud.