1 John 4:7,8 Beloved let us love one another, For love is of God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God for God is LOVE
Today I would like to talk about love.
L is for leaning on our Saviour’s heart which is full of compassion
O is for offering a sacrifice of praise and happiness to the lord who has blessed us by giving us His son to reign in our hearts.
V is for versatile forgiveness that the Lord gives us when we sin and ask Him to forgive our sins
E is for every spiritual and physical blessings that the Lord has given us and for that we are grateful.
My dear friends we have to love everyone. It is so easy to love those who love us and are good to us, but it does not end there we have to love those who have wronged us, mistreated us, who hate us and those who don’t like us. How can we love them you may ask? Think of Jesus on that cruel cross, where the soldiers spat on Him, whipped him, cursed him, put those nails in his hands and feet, YET our wonderful and great Saviour said “ Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing “ He is God he could have asked for 10,000 angels to come and deliver him YET he went through that cruel cross out of his love for you and for me.
If Jesus can forgive them, how much more can we forgive those who hurt us, wronged us, , and hate us. It is nothing like what Jesus went through on that cruel cross. Forgive them and let it go. Do not talk about it or even think about it.
Let me tell you something interesting after Jesus forgave those who crucified him and he died on that cruel cross, that was not the end. On the 3rd day Jesus arose to glory, power and might. He now reigns in the Heavens as the Lord Of Lords and the King of Kings. Jesus was BLESSED after he forgave.
Dear friends forgive and let the bad things people have done to you go, don’t dwell on it, and you will be blessed. The Bible says Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest is LOVE. You can not love without forgiveness and you can not forgive without Love. Love and forgiveness go hand in hand.
John 15:12 says This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you . It is our commandment to love.
There was once a missionary doctor in Africa who lived there with his wife and son. One day 2 men from the village came to see the doctor and showed him their feet, which was covered with leprosy, The missionary doctor asked his son to get some warm water and washed the feet of these people, bandaged it gave them some food and sent them home. The son of the missionary said it was then that he saw God’s love in action.
We have to love our brothers and sisters not just by words but by action. My grandmother who I lovingly call as dadho, always had an open house and whenever we had visitors whatever food we had on the table she offered it to them, it did not have to be the best food which in India is Briyani but even it was just a simple rice and curry she offered it to them, now she is being offered food and love from our wonderful family friends. This is karma what you give out will one day come back to you.
Let us keep giving love, keep being a blessing, keep being an encouragement , and one day it will come back to you.
God wants us to love and forgive, no matter how people have wronged you and hurt you, love them , forgive them and then let it go. Then you will have peace in your heart and the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will bless you .
Let us pray and ask our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to love and forgive others who wronged us.
Our Dear Heavenly Father God, The Lord who created the smallest little grass , To the Lord who created the Great Cedar tree, Pine Tree And Oak Tree. The Lord who created the smallest little ant to the majestic Elephant and Lion . The Lord who created the universe, The Sun, The Moon, The stars, The sky and all the planets which keep revolving but do not bump into each other because of their perfect gravitational force. God what a great wonderful, powerful God you are. Yet you care for us and have good plans for our lives. Lord Jesus help us to love and forgive those who have hurt us and help us to let it go by your grace. We love you, honour you and thank you. In Jesus name we pray Amen.