God’s Divine Love is — Persevering

By   •   February 13, 2014   •   Topics:

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(Part 4 of 5 in a series exploring the depth of God’s great love for us)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”—John 13:34 (ESV)

Love is hard sometimes. We have people in our lives who we don’t like, let alone love. Yet, God tells us many times through Scripture to persevere in our love for other people, just as His love perseveres for us.

How do we begin to love people we don’t like?

It is important to understand that God’s love for us perseveres through us so that we can love others. He doesn’t set us up for failure; if He commands us through Scripture to do something, He will always give us the means to do it.

Here are three ways He helps us love others:

He Overcomes Our Feelings

Emotions are not a bad thing, altogether. John 4:24 tells us, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The phrase “worship in spirit” refers to a posture of affection for the Lord. God designed us as emotional beings so that we could affectionately respond to Him in worship.

However, when we use our emotions as an excuse not to love those we deem unlovable, we are misusing a tool that God has given us to more fully worship Him.

Jeremiah 17:9 warns us: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Our feelings will often dictate our choices. When we recognize that Scripture—not feelings—is the compass that guides our choices, we can take one more step toward freedom to love the unlovable.

He Reminds Us

Even when we don’t feel like loving someone else, we need to remember why we should love them: “We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).”

Our love for another person is not motivated by him or her, but by the ultimate demonstration of Jesus’ love for us—the cross. Our love for others is not in spite of them, but rather, because of Him.

He Empowers Us

Scripture says the Holy Spirit empowers us to love: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).”

If you are alive in Christ, sealed by His blood and walking in fellowship with Him, you have all the power you need to love others.

The Holy Spirit is our source. As imperfect people, we will never have the power within ourselves to love. But God always achieves the unachievable through us.

Ask Him. He will enable you to love.

→ Continue to part 5 of the “5 Days of Divine Love” series here.

Love in Action: Read Billy Graham’s Daily Devotion on loving one another.

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8 Comments

  1. Laura Sinaguglia says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed these devotionals!

  2. Judy Morris says:

    <3 Love Billy Graham For Many Years, He's A TRUE MAN OF GOD <3

  3. Howard S, Fishkoff says:

    I am Jewish but I want to learn and Love Jesus Christ. I pray that there is no anti-semitism in G-d’s Church.

  4. Annie says:

    I am so blessed by the message on love.To know that God so loved us when we were yet sinners and He sent His only begotten son Jesus. He died for us on the cross.Oh what manner of love!!!!!Us too we are charged to love one another so that christ can be seen in us.

  5. John says:

    Thank you for this particular devotion. It was much needed!

  6. Margareta Cronholm says:

    Thank You for the Scripture Lord God, it is our compass and I am so greatful to be able to read it.

  7. Genevieve says:

    Am I to love someone who is an unbeliever ;it was much easier to love that someone who belongs to God already…..among other reasons that I have with me. I am not with the unbeliever but alone with God.

  8. judydieterich says:

    very good devotion