HOPE FOR RELATIONSHIPS

WALKING IN LOVE

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” Matthew 24:12 NIV

“I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.” Psalm 89:2 GNT

“Love never fails...” 1 Corinthians 13:8 NKJV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 NKJV

HOW DO I WALK IN LOVE? PRACTICE

“No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is made perfect in us.” 1 John 4:12 NCV

1)    GOD’S LOVE GOES FIRST

“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NKJV

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 NKJV

LOVE THAT GOES FIRST

·      GO FIRST BY REFUSING TO GET OFFENDED

 “Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come…” Luke 17:1a NKJV

·      GO FIRST BY LOVING YOUR ENEMIES

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NKJV

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28 NKJV

2)    GOD’S LOVE GOES ALL IN

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 NKJV

LOVE THAT GOES ALL IN

·      GO ALL IN BY GIVING SACRIFICIALLY

“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16 NKJV

·      GO ALL IN BY SERVING WILLINGLY

“…through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 NKJV

·     GO ALL IN BY FORGIVING FREELY

“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do…” Luke 23:34 NKJV

“I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains—but if I have no love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 GNT

“Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 NKJV

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