It is harder to love than it is to hate. It is harder to forgive than it is to hold a grudge. It is harder to understand than it is to judge. But without love life is just hard for all of us. We all become the victims of each other’s hate.
With love we break the barriers between us and build bridges that lead us to the Kingdom of God.
Choose love, not because you have to but because He loved us first. Loved us enough to forgive us of our sins. He took on all of our pain just to show us mercy. He showed us the example that love is sacrificial.
Love is not about measuring who deserves what or how much of what they deserve. Love is unconditional! The moment you start measuring it, it loses its value and becomes conditional and it is no longer love. God showed us mercy because he loved us not because we deserved it. We do not love because people deserve it. We love because we were created and sustained through love.
Mercy is love. Forgiveness is love. Understanding is love. Kindness is love. Compassion is love. Sacrifice is love. God is full of all these things. God is love.
““For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
“But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.]”
1 JOHN 4:8
“Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.”
1 CORINTHIANS 13:4
-“ Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the Law.”