So many of us would like to experience more love in our lives. We would love to be the recipient of a loving relationship, loving favor, loving health and wholeness, and absolute good. But how do we activate the energy of love so that we are no longer longing for its presence but realize that it is right in our midst?
1 Corinthians 13:4 says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” But it never ever fails
(1 Corinthians 13:8). This requires that we “walk in love” (1 John 1:6), that we love one another (John 13:34), that we allow the full and complete power of love transcend our shortcomings. (Peter 4:8).
Galatians 5:14 says “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 1 John 2:10 says “Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.”
1 Peter 3:8 says “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
1 John 3:10 says “For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 4:7 says “let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
1 Corinthians 16:14 says “Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 says If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
Romans 5:5 says “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Luke 10:27, Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:30 says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Romans 13:8 says “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Colossians 3:12-14 says “as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
John 4:18 says “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Accordingly, we will meet each Sunday and during the entire Lenten Season to uplift love in our lives, with workshops on loving our enemies; loving ourselves; doing everything in love; and loving God.