Love in Action

Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.
Romans 12:10-12 (CEV)

Love each other with genuine affection,and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Romans 12:10-12 (NLT)

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
Romans 12:10-12 (NKJV

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21 thoughts on “Love in Action

  1. “Unconditional love is determined (only) by the one choosing to love.”__Fireproof

    Oh how I love Valentine’s Day! I want to choose to celebrate it with the GOD KIND of LOVE, Agape! To do or pray something selfless, to bring joy to another or others. To think outside the box of SELF and emulate our Heavenly Father Who, choosing to love us first, sent THE GREATEST VALENTINE OF ALL TIME…JESUS CHRIST.
    “Add margin to your life!” Do the work, as the Scripture above says…..Take the time it takes to truly love.

  2. This reminds me a song by Diana Ross

    Reach out and touch
    Somebodys hand
    Make this world a better place
    If you can
    Reach out and touch
    Somebodys hand
    Make this world a better place
    If you can

    (just try)
    Take a little time out of your busy day
    To give encouragement
    To someone whos lost the way
    (just try)
    Or would I be talking to a stone
    If I asked you
    To share a problem thats not your own
    We can change things if we start giving
    Why dont you

    As God has so richly given to us – Jesus Christ, may we be like Johnny Apple Seed, spread seeds of Christ love wherever we go. May we hold each one God chooses to place in our life up to Him daily, so they may come to know Christ too.

  3. Underlines always pop out at me like red flags crying pay attention. I thought I better look up the word ‘never’ to make sure I understood the full impact: not ever; at no time; not in any degree; not under any condition.
    To me the underlined phrases are an action which says there must be zero space in the day for these. This makes room in the mind and in the scedule and in the deeds for love to flourish.

  4. It’s ONLY by the Spirit of God that we can treat one another like brothers and sisters in CHRIST. All that stuff that Paul was inspired to write in 1Cor. 13,…. who can do all that? Who, besides GOD, can always be patient, always kind, always compassionate, never jealous, never envious, always thinking of the other guy’s welfare, first, always ready to speak encouragement, never divisive, never offensive….YIKES! Was Paul vying for the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE or something? I think not! He was just describing the LOVE of GOD that should be allowed to manifest itself in born-again believers IF, IF, IF they would allow the Holy Spirit to control their thoughts and actions. “But therein lies the rub.” How does one do that? If we humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God…that is what Sara & Gary have been preaching, teaching, screeching, exhorting and warning…..and ALLOW HIM to speak first, we can begin to see how Jesus walked on this earth, a perfect human being (a perfect GOD) only allowing the Spirit of GOD to direct Him.
    Holy Spirit is as close to us as our Hearts. Check HIM out first, before we spew trash into the air that goes nowhere and does nothing in the situation. I am practicing & practicing that “checking out stuff”. It’s slow & laborious work at first because I’m hard-headed and stubborn. But I believe I shall see the peaceable fruit of righteousness of Holy Spirit if I persevere. Stumble, YES. Mess up, Yes! But persevere over and over till I see the manifestation of being led by the HOLY SPIRIT that results in less time & words wasted, and more souls brought forth for the Kingdom of God because I am obedient to the Spirit of the living God.

  5. MG, your statement, “It’s slow & laborious work at first because I’m hard-headed and stubborn but I believe I shall see the peaceable fruit of righteousness of Holy Spirit if I persevere”, brings to mind the beauty of seeing the fruit of the Spirit of self-control in action.
    I used to train horses to be hunters and show horses. At the beginning of training many horses were very hard-headed and stubborn, bad mannered and out of control. They would lunge at jumps, rear their heads and exhibit behaviors that would disqulify them from any competition. But by adding restraints such as martingales and special bits, etc and through diligent correction, and patient work, they would soon learn from the imposed controls the right behaviors and would comply to the slightest touch or shift in weight of the rider. It was beautiful to see a well-controlled horse peacefully perform and win the prize.
    I think that’s what others must see when we are under the control of the Holy Spirit. We move as one, and He gets the glory.
    Phil 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

  6. As I learned this past week at CCI under Pastor Gary’s study on the Holy Spirit, God adopted us as children of God. He chose us. Change occurs as we walk with the Lord. Note the change as stated in Ezekiel 36: 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
    To me the mental image of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz comes to my mind. Our hard hearts are replaced with a malleable heart, a heart that desires God and continually seeks Him/God to change our fleshly, stoney lives to spiritual/agape pulsating loving lives, which are purposeful in God’s kingdom.
    According to the lesson if we know God, we will know ourselves. With the help of others Godly people we together will know God better thus knowing who we really are. Thus we must pray a lot to tether (the utmost length which one can go into action) our lives and work without ceasing to know God and ultimately ourselves. Thank goodness to small groups like this one/thedailylilies which help us grow either through words which cause a stop to an old fleshly action, or gives you different perspectives on a scripture, or stops what they are doing to bend their knees or to give a gift at the leading of the Holy Spirit, or folds the hands and lifts you up in prayer to the Father to seek help for you in times of trouble, in times of need, in times of joy. We thank you. We thank you for helping each of us towards our common goal as Debi mentioned above.

  7. Rena thinking about this ‘change’ and having the ‘heart that desires God’ and reading your comment above “…which cause a stop to an old fleshly action” seem to reinforce a point that Pastor Gary made that I heard Sunday. He was saying that anything in our life that stops us from doing the things God wants us to do is the lust of the flesh. Not any middle ground here, I thought, between red Light and green light. Green light is walking through and forward under the Directorship of the Holy Spirit. Red light is our self-life just said stop and we obeyed it.

  8. I’d like to share the footnotes for ICorinthians 13: 4-7, here. Read with me: “Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in reutrn. Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.” Also, footnotes for verse 5 says: “Paul says that love ‘is not irritable’. Sometimes we’re irritated or angered by others, and we don’t know why. Not all irritability stems from sinful or selfish motives, although the irritable treatment of others surely is wrong. Much irritability comes from a love of perfection, a deep desire that programs, meetings, and structures be run perfectly. A desire to run things perfectly can erupt into anger at events or people who get in the way or ruin that desire. Those who are easily irritated need to remember that perfection exists only in God. We need to love Him and our fellow Christians, not the visions we have for perfection here on earth.”
    I am currently in a Bible study, by Dr. Gary Chapman. I am learning about the five love languages. Here is a quote from my study book, that I’d like to share here. “Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.”

  9. Needles I love the points you made above. I think the scripture Pastor Gary used in regard to change were Colossians 3:9-10 (New International Version)
    9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. He also quoted Ephesians 4:2 (New International Version) Philippians 2:12 (New International Version)
    Shining as Stars
    12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Ephesians 4:2
    2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

    I’m so glad God helps us set aside things not of God in our lives. I know that he tells me through the nudging of the Holy Spirit. He then has a friend, or prophetic person tell me. I then have a choice to change it or not. After a time he will bring another area in my life that needs change. It is an ongoing process. I thank God for Ephesians 4:2. If God does this for me he does it for each one he loves through their changes from glory to glory.

  10. Needles, your Bible notes are great! You also quoted Dr. Gary Chapman.“Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.” Do you need to love yourself before you can love others? Or, is this like my quote on “acts of love from imperfect people.”

  11. Needles, your example of where much irritability comes from is very good. I thought about this love of perfection in contrast to Jesus command to “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt 5:48).
    God is a God of perfect order and structure and detail, not only in outward things but in the inward qualities of our character and heart which are to be conformed to His image of perfection. So maybe a love of perfection can easily become a lust of perfection if it is not building God’s knigdom inwardly as well as outwardly.

    Love is a powerful word. 1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
    1 John 3:14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. verse 16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
    This love is an unfailing love. It never ceases. This is not an easy thing to do. It takes obedience and hard work. Some brothers and sisters are hard to love. At times we are all hard to love. Jesus never stops loving us no matter what. Jesus has never given up on us at anytime. He has unfailing love. Jesus is our role model. We must never give up and must love each other with genuine love . (…. Anyone who does not love does not know God, God is LOVE….A person who has no love is still dead….) So Love your neighbor as yourself, work hard to do God’s will. NEVER GIVE UP………

  13. Chickenfarmer, thanks. I love your comments. I am just home from attending a funeral of a 98 and within 2 months 99 year old woman. Her two pastors and family and friends spoke of her life just as you have commented. I have known her all my live and I knew her just like I John speaks of. She is not dead, she lives. Yes, she lives forevermore. Pastor Biggs spoke of her as having a long life into old age. More years than God even promised on earth. That was the O in her name,Ola. Then the L, love, loyalty, and the a, anticipation of living forever and with her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is so wonderful to celebrate the homecoming of one that has lived their years on earth loving, giving, loyal, truthful and having taken care of her self and her finances so she could care for herself to the end.

    How many do we know that would give their life for their brothers and sisters in Christ, not many but Ola was one. As you said Chickenfarmer, it takes obedience and hard work. That is the standard! Thanks for the encouragement.

  14. “Love is impossible!” is a perplexing statement that I have just read in THE LOVE DARE. It says (paraphrasing) that no matter how hard we try to love our neighbor, co-worker, spouse and/or boss, or even (especially) a sister or brother in Christ, ” we can’t do it.” We don’t have the capacity within ourselves to overlook their little faults, annoyances and idiosyncrasies. No matter how hard we try to be considerate, sensitive, patient and unselfish and forgiving, we fail most of the time. How then can we follow one of the two greatest commandments given by Christ Himself in the Gospels, to ‘love our neighbors as ourselves’?
    It is only through AGAPE love that this can be attained. We don’t have it of ourselves or in ourselves! We must allow GOD’S love to express itself through us.
    Now it seems we should, as Christians, already know quite well, this concept. Yet we still have strife, division and consternation among God’s people even among more mature Christians because we still are trying to do it on our own. We try to muster up affection, tolerance patience and temperance.
    We get an ego trip out of tolerating an annoyance, or giving lip service (instead of Heart service) to an act of forgiveness. We are deceiving ourselves when we think we can do it by sheer determination from our own minds.
    It is only allowing the love that God has to be displayed and manifested through us without our putting our spin on it that true forgiveness, charity, patience and LOVE can do the work of Holy Spirit in others’ lives. And in so doing, in our lives,also.
    “God is love and Love is from God and apart from Him we can do nothing”….especially LOVE.

  15. Great insights on love chickenfarmer and MG.
    Eph 3:17-19…”so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”

    A poem by Emily Dickenson I thought lwas ovely.


    That I did always love,
    I bring thee proof:
    That till I loved
    I did not love enough.

    That I shall love always,
    offer thee
    That love is life,
    And life hath immortality.

    This, dost thou doubt, sweet?
    Then have I
    Nothing to show
    But Calvary.

    – Emily Dickinson

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