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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Love is one of the most commonly used words in our English vocabulary

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Love is one of the most commonly used words in our English vocabulary and as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching us it’s hard to get away from it. Whether we just met the love of our lives, celebrating 33 years of marriage, going through a breakup, or even feeling the devastation of grief, we are all in different seasons and have several views of Love. But when February rolls around we cannot escape the massive amount of red & pink that overflows in our grocery stores. Radios play endless love songs that have saturated this word in so many ways it’s hard to keep up. I have the famous Tina Turner song in my head “What's love got to do, got to do with it. Who needs a heart, when a heart can be broken.” So, as we all celebrate the month of love, does it have you wondering, “So, What does love got to do with it?”

The most ultimate love I know begins with the famous John 3:16 verse of how our heavenly father loves us. I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned from God’s word and hope it brings TRUTH to your heart in RENEWING your view of Love.

Love is a Gift.

“…because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” Rom 5:5

Love is powerful.

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:8-10

Love can be taught.

“...And so train the young women to love their husbands and children,” Titus 2:4

“Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.” I Thessalonians 4:9

Love can grow stronger.

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.” Philippians 1:9

“…From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”Ephesians 4:16

Love is not conditional.

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:27-38

Love is a commitment.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14

Love is Truthful and Faithful.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” Ephesians 4:15

“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith”I Timothy 1:5

Love is Sacrificial.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” John 14:23-24

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35

Love is just another word if God’s love doesn’t abide in you!

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:16-18; 15:9

These are just a few examples of what God’s word says about Love. Start here in prayer and seeking God vertically for the heart change only He can do. Love others as God Loves us!