Practice Love

If I could master one simple commandment from the Bible - I think I'd have this whole Christianity thing down.

Which one?

To love others as Christ loved us.

Sounds simple enough.

Love people.

Most days I can easily love my husband and children. Even when they irritate me, I still love them. But love them as Christ loved me? Unconditionally, with a whole heart and happy spirit, when they don't deserve it, when I'm tired and cranky, when I need a nap, well, I'm not so great at that.

And that's just my family, who I love deeply and don't even want to imagine my life without. But God takes it even further, He calls us to love others. Meaning, your enemies, the people that have wronged you do deeply, the guy that speeds down the highway when it's been closed down to two lanes and bypasses all the signs reading "merge now" and then tries to weasel his way in front of the entire mile+ long line of waiting cars (does that just annoy me?) just to cut in front of us all, people you don't know, people you do know, others. People that are hard, if not almost impossible, to love.

God calls us to do just that. Even more, he commands it.

Not so simple anymore.

I think that if I could love others the way Christ loved me - unconditionally, sacrificially, without deserving anything on my part - I could really make a difference and that's a love I strive to show.

As a little reminder for myself, and for you, here's a little printable I made.

Download, print and let's all practice love.

Print

Download it here.


13 comments:

  1. Yes that whole love others thing is tough. I mean I think I love others but deep down I know there are those that I do not love as I should. I do not love as Jesus loves. Thankful that there is grace for that I as travels this road of learning to love!

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  2. thank you for this! loving like Jesus is definitely something i don't do as often as called on by God! my selfish pride gets the best of me on rough days (or in dealing with difficult people). thank God His mercies are new every morning!

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    1. Every morning and sometimes I need them every hour or even every minute! Thanks, Faith.

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  3. ahh Lesley, such a good good post!
    LOVE the Lord...LOVE others.
    LOVE like He loves. it's so simple.
    {minus our emotions, that is.}
    THANKS for this lovely, simple reminder.

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    1. Thank you. If only we could all do this simple command! Can you imagine?!!

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  4. Oh, what a beautiful printable! Thank you so much! (and yes - that type of rule breakery completely drives me nuts!)

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    1. So glad you like it! And thank you. Also, glad it's not just me on the rule breaking!

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  5. Beautiful download and post! A reminder I need everyday! Thank you for sharing. xo Heather

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  6. Dope reminder...thank you for allowing God to use and move you to write this post...many need to hear this...Choosing to love no matter what...that's my closing signature on my text messages.

    Be Blessed <3

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    1. Thank you so much! I need to hear it and see it all the time. And you nailed it, choosing to love. After all, it is a choice. Thanks!

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  7. I like the printout a lot! I like what you wrote, I love it actually, and Agape love, and knowing that THAT is the one to focus on, Calvary love...is what helps me put Christ's command into practice;)

    thank you for your post!!!

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