One of the hardest things to do is to love someone with a godly love. Love is the second greatest command in the Bible yet we all fail in so many ways to love others. Where there is no love there is HATE. For the devil is the opposite of God. God is good; the devil is evil. God is love; the devil sows hatred, etc. If you think of all the words that spring out of hate, you discover words like selfishness. In my words selfishness is when you don’t care about the welfare of any other but chase only after your own (sinful) desires. If you are holding onto an attitude that springs out of evil, it’s no wonder why God isn’t blessing you with answered prayers. Good and evil can’t co-exist.
Therefore, as surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I will pay back your angry deeds with my own. I will punish you for all your acts of anger, envy, and hatred. And I will make myself known to Israel by what I do to you. Ezekiel 35:11 NLT
Make no mistake; God punishes you for all your evil deeds up to the fourth generation unless you ask Him for forgiveness.
You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. Exodus 20:5 NLT
I give you the scripture reference so that you can believe. Look them up in your own Bible so that God and reveal to you the wonders of His Majesty. That’s why it’s called a living Bible because each time you read the Bible, you can get something out of it that will help you in your everyday life.
When you ask God for forgiveness, He forgives you of your sins and brings you back into rightstanding with Him. It’s as if your sin never existed. If you pray at all you will recognize this admonition contained within what we know as the Lord’s prayer: “and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Matthew 6:12 NLT
But if you go a little further in the scriptures it tells you this:
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 NLT
Have you ever wondered why, when you are going through something, it seems so severe? If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1st John 1:9 NLT
When you are made righteous, you are in a right relationship with God and in His presence there is fullness of joy. Joy comes when all your bills are paid and all your other needs are met. Joy comes when you come through the storm victorious. Joy comes everyday when you Praise Him.
Unforgiveness is in the same line of hate.
Some of the examples given in the Bible which shows love in action displays, being politically correct here, acts of random kindness like this:
Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here. “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.’ The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” Luke 10:30-37 NLT
I grew up like the Samaritan hated by all other races but kind to whomever was in need of help. In fact, I believe actions like this separated the whole Negro race from the world because of our kindness. This kindness was taught from our ancestors because they knew God and believed in the Bible. This should also be taught to your children’s children as well. In order for you to hand down something, you must first possess it. Come to know the Lord yourself in this lifetime. You will never regret it.
Let’s sum up this portion on love with this scripture taken from Luke 6:31 from the NIV. Do to others as you would have them do to you.