Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Love Changes Everything

Are you willing and ready to become a student of the love walk? If so, you need to know that it requires education and commitment.

We must have our minds renewed to what love really is. Love is tangible; it is not just a spiritual thing that cannot be seen or touched. It is evident to everyone who comes in contact with it. Love is a decision we make―a decision to treat people the way Jesus would treat them.
When we make a true commitment to walk in love, it usually causes a huge shift in our lifestyle. Many of our ways―our thoughts, conversation, habits―have to change. For instance, we may be accustomed to spending all of our extra money on ourselves only to discover that walking in love requires that we spend it on others.

Love Wants to Pay the Price

A love walk does not come easily or without personal sacrifice. Each time we choose to love someone, it will cost us something―time, money or effort. That’s why we are told to count the cost before we make the commitment.
First Corinthians 14:1 says, Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]….
“ We need to go after love with all our might and act as if we cannot live without it! ”
The word pursue means “to follow in an effort to capture or overtake.” The word seekmeans “to try to find or discover; search for.” In other words, we need to go after love with all our might and act as if we cannot live without it!

How to Nurture the Desire to Love

There are different degrees of desire. We want many things in life, but there are only a few things we want so much that we are willing to sacrifice to have them.
If you and I want to learn about love, we will have to study it. We will have to read books about it, listen to teachings on it, and familiarize ourselves with everything Jesus and the apostles said about it.
Look for love in action. Try to find someone who operates in love and study that individual. Watch how he or she handles people and difficult or tense situations. Observe how they give. Examine the fruit of their life.
I encourage you to view love as your first priority in life. Study it, seek it, pursue and acquire it, becauseGod’s Word boldly tells us that we’re nothing without it.

This article is taken from Joyce's book, Reduce Me to Love.

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