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Is the word “Love” a verb?

Chets Creek Church 

 

40 Days with Jesus – October 19th – Luke 6:37-45

 

Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6: 37-39NIV

 

I drive an hour both ways to see my mom in Brunswick. It’s a drive I know by heart, Atlantic to 9A, 9A to 95N, 95N to Exit 29. I can do it in my sleep. During those drives, inevitably, my mind starts to wander. Many times I replay conversations or events that have happened that day. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get stuck on the negative ones. I am not a negative person, but boy can I go down that road of judging and condemnation if I am not careful. The other person has always done me wrong and it is never my fault. (haha)  And if I let myself stay right there, I can be so righteous in my anger.  It’s just where Satan wants me to be.  However, I have a Savior that continues to remind me that is not where he wants me to be. He loves me; therefore, I should love others. LOVE is a verb and a verb is an action word.

 

I need to guard my heart, so I can love others. The Bible says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23(NIV).  I need to pray that God will reveal to me any un-forgiveness I have in my heart. One way I have found to keep un-forgiveness in check is to continually pray for someone that has hurt me. I am not saying it is easy or quick, sometimes it will take years. But God is faithful and He will change my heart toward that person if I continue to seek to change. Romans 12:2 confirms this, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this wor
ld, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
(NIV)

 

Love is a verb.

 

I need to see people the way God sees them. When I stop to realize how much He loves me, how merciful He is to me, how much grace He pours out over my life every day then that righteous anger holds no weight. I stand in awe that He could love a sinner like me. And then I realize that the ground at the foot of the cross is equal to all of us. Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31 (NIV).  If I’m not careful I can become like the Pharisees and believe I am better than others.

 

Love is a verb.

 

I need to live a holy life. From morning till night, my focus needs to be drawing closer to Christ.  1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be holy because I am holy.”  We need to focus on living a life that is pleasing to God by being merciful.  “Be merciful, just as your father is mercifulLuke 6:36 (NIV).  At those times when you could be judgmental, don’t be. Show the same grace to others as He shows to you for we all, at one time or another, struggle with life’s demands and issues.

 

Today, make Love a verb.

 

Janie Howard

 

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