1. Receiving God’s love
We don’t know true love until we know and receive God’s love. God’s love is the best love and it is unconditional. Sometimes when we have a faulty way of viewing God’s love we feel the need to work for it or think that we don’t deserve it. I made this mistake early on with my walk with God and struggled to receive His perfect love for years. If we are to be people of love, we must first receive God’s love for us.
John 15: 9- “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
2. We learn to love in the Body of Christ
When I gave my life to Christ and got involved with my church I felt like I had finally found my place in the world. I felt so at home that I didn’t want to be anywhere else. God has shown me His love through the people in my church and I have learned to love with those same people. The church can be a place of healing and growth as we support each other and hold each other accountable. I have seen this happen in my own life. I have learned grace and forgiveness but also learned about godly marriages from being a part of the Body of Christ. This is our safe place to make mistakes, ask questions or just start over in life. We need each other and it was all God’s idea. As we love one another, we are preparing our hearts to go out and love our world.
John 15: 12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
3. Take our love to the world
When we receive God’s love and learn to practice love in the church we are equipping our hearts to go out and love our world. As we love each other, our children and youth are watching our example. They will learn sacrifice and humility as they see us pour out our lives for the Gospel as we love God and love others. Receiving God’s love gives us the humility to see the need of others and humbly present the truth of Christ to them. Receiving God’s love and the love of our brethren MOTIVATES us to go out and love our world to Jesus.