Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love [1 John 4:7-8].
The first thing that people notice about you should be the love of Jesus that you manifest in a cynical world. The Bible says that God is love, and the one who loves is born of Him. The one who does not love does not know Him. It doesn’t matter that he talks about God and even preaches about God—he doesn’t really know Him. That means, you have to show love to people everywhere you go; it should be the big thing about you.
This is why Paul wrote that “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing [1 Corinthians 13:1-2 AMP]. Apart from being known for your preaching and faith, be known first for the love of God that radiates through you. Don’t speak hurtful words; speak the love-language. Even when you’re ill-treated or spoken to badly, refuse to respond with harsh or bitter words!
You’re the love-child of a love-God; therefore, let your words be full of love. The Bible says “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” [1 Corinthians 13:13 NKVJ]. Love is greater than faith and hope. Be aflame with love; remember, you’re the love-child of a love-God.
I am the love-child of a love-God; love is the hallmark and trademark of my life. It’s in my words, my actions and my thoughts. Love is the flag flung high on the castle of my heart and my distinctive characteristic feature, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
(Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer’s LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria. www.ChristEmbassy.org )