3 ways to love others as God loves us

To encourage

“Pleasant words are a comb of honey, Sweet to the soul and beneficial to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)

The words we speak matter, for better or for worse. When we choose to speak in a godly manner, we can use words to encourage those around us: family, friends, co-workers, even strangers. Pleasant words include gratitude, compliments, and any other type of speech that benefits the person we're speaking to. Since we know God is love, our love is by no means limited to words. We can also show love through actions.

Forgive

« If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;but if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses. "(Matthew 6: 14-15)

To be resentful against someone else is not the right way to act as a Christian. God chose to forgive mankind despite our constant sinful nature. Likewise, God wants us to exercise forgiveness for those people who offend us.

Pray for and pray with

“Therefore confess your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of the righteous has great efficacy. (James 5:16)

A lot of people say phrases like, “I will pray for you. How many of them will stop and really pray? Scripture informs us that prayer has power. While the words we speak to ourselves can impact our bodies, the words we speak when we pray have even more power.

When we learn to love as God loves us, we pray for those we love and also for those to whom we do not have as much affection. Because the Lord is watching over us all. If God is omnipresent, then the Lord is present in our lives, whether we feel or even recognize his presence or not.

Acquiring this loving disposition will inspire us to serve and love others and may even help them draw closer to God. Once we have learned to love others, we will have perfected and fulfilled the Second Greatest Commandment. This will prove that not only is God love, but that God is in us.

Aaron Brown

Article reproduced in part and translated from the site Crosswalk.

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