Happy Sunday! xP
today is a part of John 15. NLT translation
9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
LOVE. its what our whole faith is based on. "So God loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.." Do we deserve this love? No. Can we do anything to ever be able to earn this love? No. But God loved us anyway, and so does Jesus, he even calls us his friends. And if they can love us despite everything, we should love other people to, just the same as Jesus loves us.
We have NO RIGHT to say bad things about other people, to be mean, to be hurtful, or to be rude. We have no right to gossip, to get back at people, or do/say things to intentionally hurt anyone, regardless of what they have done to you. Matthew 5:39 says: "But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also."
You can't be a true Christian without love. 1 John 4:8 says: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
If you're having trouble loving others, maybe its because God is a stranger to you.
If that's the case, you need to open your bible read. Read the Old Testament to meet your Father (Genesis and Exodus are good for that) and read the New Testament to meet your Savior. (The Gospels, and first few chapters of revelation)
I'm going to close with 1 Corinthians 13. It really shows you the power of love, and how without it, everything is worthless.
1 Corinthians 13
New Living Translation (NLT)
Love Is the Greatest
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
Remember guys, its by LOVE that we were saved, its by LOVE we will vanquish our enemies, and it's by LOVE that we, through the Holy Spirit, will save others.
God bless and have a great day!!