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Can I really be “commanded” to love someone else? Throughout the New Testament, believers are commanded to “love one another." It began with Jesus telling His disciple that genuine love for each other was an evangelism tool (John 13:35) and continued with the Apostles Paul and John repeating those truths (Rom. 12: 9-10 & 1 John 4:20). But how can I create feelings of love that may not be real?
Most of us recognize that love is more than a feeling, it is conveyed most sincerely in our persevering actions rather than in changeable emotion. So how can I actually ‘love’ when I don’t feel loving. I suggest these three actions that help us consistently obey the command to love.
1) Begin by communicating with God in prayer – that you would submit to His Holy Spirit and change your heart to reflect His desire for your emotions, as well as give you insight about how to show love to someone.
2) Give thought to God’s love both for you as well as His love for the person you are struggling to love. The same grace, mercy and love that God allows to flow to you, also flows to that other person. Romans 12:1-2 reminds us that I must view my commitment to this as part of my “holy sacrifice” and spiritual service of worship
3) In 2 Thess. 1:3, Paul indicates that this kind of love is something that “grows” rather than something that suddenly appears. Just because I don’t feel loving at this moment, doesn’t mean it won’t grow as I discipline my heart to submit to God.
We must always be looking for ways to connect with those with whom there is not a natural affection, because these are the situations in which we truly take the next steps toward loving and serving our God.
From a Shepherd’s Heart,
Pastor Perry Kallis