If you want some practical ways to love like Christ, then you have come to the right place. The Bible uses powerful and timeless principles to teach Christ’s followers how to love unconditionally. The scriptures are packed with encouraging words about the depth and power of love and how to live the principle of love even when it is difficult.
PLEASE NOTE: THE WORD CHARITY ALSO MEANS LOVE
1. Love is a Christian foundational principle. We love others- even when it’s hard.
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” (1 John 3:11)
2. And these three are not of God: silent treatment, a bitter spirit, and holding a grudge.
“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:18)
3. Ask yourself, “How would Jesus show love in this situation?”
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” ( John 13:34)
4. The best revenge is dished out by God. Be kind and gracious, let Him take care of the rest.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:44)
5. Love gives you thick skin and by God’s grace and divine example you will not be offended by others.
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
6. Loving others consistently is evidence of Christian conversion. God is working in you.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” (1 John 4:7)
7. If you are going to do it with an attitude or grudgingly, don’t bother. Do it lovingly or keep it to yourself.
“Let all your things be done with charity.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)
8. Don’t be afraid to forgive. Love casts out all fear.
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” (Colossians 3:13 – 3:14)
9. Love is like the engine powering your Christian journey. No love, then you’re not going anywhere.
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
10. Talk is cheap. Show love in your looks, your actions and prayers.
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)
11. Love forgives. Ask God to help you.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
12. The righteous are not easily offended. Humble up.
“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)
13. Forgiveness comes from a heart of love, a heart like God’s. Forgiveness is simply an unmerited, intentional decision to release feelings of resentment and/or vengeance toward an offending entity.
“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:12)
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