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What does it mean to love one another?

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OolaGuru Comment: There are no three greater words any of us can say to another person than "I love you". But what does it truly mean to love one another? Thanks to this repost from (christianblog.com), they give insight on this question...

There are no three greater words any of us can say to another person than “I love you”. Yet, there are no three words which are more confusing and less meaningful many times than “I love you”. Love is not a response to what the eyes see, the ears hear, the nose smells, the mouth tastes or the body feels. The five senses are sensitive to external stimuli and if they like what they are receiving they “love it”.

We can “love” a juicy cheeseburger” because it looks, smells and tastes good. But, do really LOVE that piece of meat? We can “love” to go fishing, hunting or shopping, but do really LOVE doing those things or simply enjoy them? We can tell people that we love them but unless those words are backed up with action they don't mean much.

Yesterday I witnessed what I perceive to be the full expression and manifestation of what love from God's point of view is supposed to be all about. I watched my beloved wife spend the better part of 10 hours lying under her desk doing nothing but praying for her friend @poodlelady as she endured a long operation.

What would prompt a person to take a day off work and spend it lying on the floor? There is only one explanation and that is “the love of God”. God's love involves the willingness to sacrifice and the free will giving of one's very heart and life. Perhaps never in my 44 years of Christian service have I seen a more profound example of the love of God than what I witnessed yesterday.

Last summer my wife @blest would lie on the floor as @poodlelady would receive radiation treatments. This profoundly moved me due to the commitment involved. But, to sacrifice a day's wages and fight fatigue, distraction and pain to do nothing but pray for someone truly defines what it means to genuinely love with the fullness of the love of God.

Jesus taught us by His example that love involves giving and demands sacrifice. Without the willingness to give and sacrifice, that which is called “love” is nothing but a façade. True love involves doing whatever is necessary to help or bless another person, even if it is inconvenient or sacrificial to us.

We all tend to get caught up in our lives, burdened down by problems and distracted by physical ailments or emotional situations. Far too many times we allow these things to smother the love of God within us. As the love of God cools, we become judgmental, short tempered and just plain crabby. Without the love of God in manifestation we focus on ourselves and our needs instead of others and their needs.

I have put it all on the line for people far more times than I can remember in this life. I have gladly sacrificed personal gain to help someone, given away things to those who need them more than I and gone to great lengths to do whatever God demanded of me. But, I have never seen a greater example of the love of God in manifestation than what I saw yesterday.

Love is not a feeling but rather a commitment to willingly give of all God has given to us. Love is not merely a word but rather the single greatest manifestation of all that is good, beautiful, genuine and pure. The greatest thing we can do in this life is to share the love of God with someone who is in need of it. As we share God's love, we are not only fulfilling His command to “love one another” but showing the world a glimpse of our Father's heart.

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