Love Each Other

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Do you agree with me that the word “love” is the most overused word in the English language? We have romantic love, family love, brotherly love, the love of material things, the love of food, the love of power or money or sex. God is love and He has a lot to say about how we love in relationships. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7).

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is the Scripture often used at weddings, but it can be translated into how we love others besides the people we spend our lives with.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


What if we put the name of “God” in every place where the word “love” is. Better, since we are His followers, what if we put our name in that place. I’ll use my name as an example:

Sue is patient and kind; Sue does not envy or boast; Sue is not arrogant or rude. Sue does not insist on her own way; Sue is not irritable or resentful; Sue does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Sue bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

To be honest, I fall short in too many of the ways listed in this Scripture. I need God’s help to love according to His standard. What about you?


Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us with a perfect love. Thank you for showing us how to love, but we fall short too often and we need your help. Let your love flow through us to those around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love and Marriage

Dennis and Sue, October 2016

I am blessed by God to have a teddy bear kind of man for my husband. When he holds me, I feel swallowed up by his love.

I remember how I felt the first time he held me in his arms. I thought it was like resting in the shelter of God’s presence; safe, away from the cares of the world. I thought of nothing else. Just Dennis.

Maybe for the first time I really understood why God calls the church His bride and Christ the Bridegroom. Jesus said, “”So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19:6).

Jesus also said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (John 15:9). This is an intimate love. God loves us and wants us to abide in His amazing love.


Barbara Streisand sang a song in the 80s titled “People Who Need People are the Luckiest People in the World.” We all need each other. That’s how we know what love is. “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). Make that your goal–to share the love God gave you. It means more when you give it away. Who will benefit from your love today?


Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your amazing love. Thank you for Jesus, our Bridegroom. Help us to live in light of His love every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.