Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
I recently realized when I am not walking out my daily life in love, I drift away from focusing on my devotionals. I become frustrated easily, and I begin to stress more. Now, my initial thought to this verse was the 70’s expression, “All you need is love.” This may seem like an unlikely connection to the Bible but I dare claim that it is greatly similar.
The hippies back in the day focused their love to raise awareness and fight for the love and kindness to others in a world full of hate and fear. The same is true now on an individual level. We should strive to reach an ultimate level of peace by drenching ourselves in His love because, in turn, He will multiply it 100-fold. Our love for Him will constantly be coursing through our hearts and overflow into others lives.
The word of God says that He is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Therefore, when you dwell in His Word, pray and worship, you unconsciously, little-by-little, become more Christ-like. The simple fact that you are becoming more like Him means your sinful nature decreases because God cannot dwell where there is sin.
Today’s scripture states that we need to have patience and forgive those around us. That also applies to ourselves. By growing in God’s word, you allow God to fix and change your perspective on things that you may not want to address. However, the more you give unto God the more He is able to fix, bless, and multiply. So what you thought was bad turns out to be an inspiring testimony, able to influence others. Not only is it a testimony to others, but it is also a testimony of your ability to show God’s love and forgiveness to yourself.
This has been a tough lesson for me to learn because, as a junior in high school, I have a heavy class load, plus I am learning how to pick the right friends and learning to take responsibility for my actions whether they are good or bad. I often fail epically at these, inevitably lashing out at those closest to me. However, over the past two weeks I have also been learning to forgive myself. And, in turn, it is easier for me to forgive others.
Therefore, I challenge you to learn to love. I’m not talking about the ooey gooey Valentine’s Day kind of love. I’m talking about the never-failing, all-consuming, graceful love that God so willingly makes available to us on a daily basis. Love for the purpose of showing a contagious kindness and peace to those around you!