What's not to love?

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1 John 3:19-4:21

"And this is his [God's] commandment, that we believe in the name of his son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us" (1 John 3:23). There seem to be four main areas where we have the opportunity to live out this "love one another" command--with family, with friends, at work and at church. (maybe a fifth if we include interacting with strangers). So I figured it'd be appropriate (especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner) for us just think about how we're doing where love is concerned. Are we acknowledging it, giving it, receiving it? I love (no pun intended) to receive love, but depending on my mood or what's happened in my day, I don't always reciprocate love. I need to work on that.

It's absolutely clear from our reading today that loving is important. So take a couple of minutes to just consider your relationships and how you're interacting with the people around you. How might you improve on giving as well as receiving love? Tami W.

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I love to point out how so many gloss over and even omit this Word from God:

4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

If you Love, you reveal Gods Truth.

I have to be increasingly willing to let others love me. We live in a world where people strive to be independent and strong; especially those in positions of leadership. Part of leading, though, is allowing others to exercise their strengths toward you when led to do so. I believe I've improved in this area, with God’s help, but can still grow more, even as I also continue to grow in learning how to love others.

By the way, I read in my study Bible a note on verse 8 pointing out how our world takes the truth that God is love, and reverses it into "love is God." This world's shallow definition of love mistakes the endless, selfish pursuit of what will make it feel good, which is placed above all else, for the sacrificial love for God and others, which should come first.

It is very hard for me to let others love and care about me because I am judged because of my past and/or because of my status in the world--no wealth. It's easy for me to reach out and care about and love others but I also protect myself from being rejected so that is a hinderence. But I have no doubt that God loves and cares about myself and the rest of the world but I sometimes question "why" does God care about me.

Doug, We will probably never know why God loves us and cares for us. Just knowing that He does love us with a perfect love is enough for now. Also remember that when you accepted Christ as your lord and savior you received the Holy Spirit who abides in you. That definately makes you more loveable (perhaps that is why we are cautioned to not grieve the Holy Spirit) Without His spirit we are not very loveable.

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