Spirit & Life Devotional
Saturday, February 14
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Let Us Love One Another
I John 4:7-8 NKJV "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
Love is of God. Hallelujah! That's one of my favourite Bible quotes. It's simple but profound. God is the Originator of love; God is the Giver of love; God is the Master of love! He is love itself! Love is not bad; love is not manipulative; love exists, else God doesn't exist! We try to understand and practice love without God, no wonder it doesn't work; true love is divine, it flows from God.
You have the capacity to love everybody - the good, the bad and the ugly. When the love of God has been shed abroad in your heart, you become more compassionate and caring, you become friendlier, and you're more concerned about the people around you and you identify with them. Hebrews 13:1-3 says, "Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also."
Love is many things to different people, and people "love" for different reasons. But Romans 12:9-10, 13 says, "Let love be without hypocrisy... Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality." Love is never selfish; never all about you! Love too is not all about your closest friends, family and acquaintances, love extends itself to the unknown, to everyone, of every tribe, religion, tongue and affiliation. Let us love one another. 1 John 4: 7 & 8.