- Who and What All of us are called to a sincere love.
Romans 12:9 NIV Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
I couldn’t help but look up the word sincere. * free from pretense or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings.*
- When We are to love all of the time.
1 John 4:7-8 NASB Beloved, let’s love one another; for love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love
- Where True and sincere love should begin with God and should be evidenced first at home.
Luke 10:27 NASB And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
- Why We love because God loved us and created us to be His vessels of love in this cold world.
1 John 4:9 NKJV We love Him because He first loved us.
- How This is the easy part. For all intents and purposes I believe we should love God first. It is then that we can be His instruments of love to those around us.
2 Corinthians 5:14 NASB For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died
In my opinion, love has to start, through God, at home. Pray first of all for God’s love to shine down. Ask the Lord to help you to love the way He wants you to love. (John 13:34-35 and Romans 5:5) Pray specifically for any individuals then as well. When we hold them up before the Father we are fulfilling His command. (John 15:12) We are honoring Him. Let’s admit to Him that we need His help. He knows anyway and is just waiting for us to ask Him.
There should be no more separation. We need to let the walls come down.
Secondly, let’s take the labels off. Let’s erase the words step, in laws, and adopted for a few that come to mind. We need to love as Christ does for each of our relationships. When we take the label off we free love itself to operate. Now it isn’t magic and it doesn’t happen overnight. In time though love will have its way. It’s like you birth that relationship in your heart. With children they may not be biologically yours but I am here to say that you can love them as such. When the labels come off they can then feel more accepted.
Granted your in laws know you aren’t biologically their child, and your step and adopted children know they aren’t biologically yours. They don’t need reminded of it with a title all the time. When you take the first step in dropping labels I believe they feel more accepted and it opens the door to love.
Okay, so now that we have prayed and dropped labels, what is next you might ask. That’s the easy, fun part. You just love them. You treat them the exact same as you would want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12) Treat them as if they were your biological children or as if they were your biological parents. Love them in word AND in deed. (1 John 3:18) Make no exclusions. Have no favorites. Make everything fair and just show your love. Sit with them. Share with them. Listen to them.
It is one thing to say that you love someone. It is another thing to SHOW them. Make a bed, do some laundry, check in on them, help with schoolwork, be concerned with their health, both mental and physical. We express our love in so many ways.
One thing is for certain. We will all stand before the Lord one day and give account of everything we have done. (2 Corinthians 5:10) Let’s keep that in mind and let love be our guiding force in everything we do or say. Let our words and actions be motivated by love.
Romans 2: 11-16 11 For there is no partiality with God.12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
We ask that You would enable us to love the way that You want us to love. Let there be no more labels. Help us to love in word and in deed. May we show the love of Christ, that fills our hearts, to all of those around us. We need You so desperately. We love You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, please read the following blog titled, You Never Let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/