Let’s talk today about love. What would happen if we loved people from different walks of life? Not based on their educational background or on their financial status or ethnicity – what would happen if we loved people that way?
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
– Romans 12:9-21
Another Scripture that encourages me:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
When I looked up the acronym for love I found some that really blessed me.
What would happen if we loved others eagerly? When I first came to the Lord, I thanked God that there were some women that were willing to love me eagerly. I thank God that they could see beyond my tattoos and my piercings and my pink, purple, and green hair. I already was convinced that there was no hope for me, and yet they made the difference. I dare you to be the difference in somebody’s life. I dare you to love like you never loved before from this day forward!!!
Other cool acronyms that I found were these:
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I want you to know that everything that flows from us is filtered through love or fear. Every time you believe a lie, you empower the liar.
The most important commandment: Matthew 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
I want you to know that you are not damaged goods. I don’t care what your past is – your best days are ahead of you, you are wonderfully made, you are loved by a perfect God and He is not tired of you coming to him. I come against every lie that the enemy has said to you in the authority of Jesus Christ. He wants to take your hardest time and turn in into your harvest time. You are destined for greatness!!! I want every woman to say….
I LOVE MYSELF.
I FORGIVE MYSELF.
GOD HAS GREAT THINGS IN STORE FOR ME.
GOD LOVES ME.
I AM LOVED BY A PERFECT GOD.
HE KNOWS MY NAME.
I AM A DAUGHTER OF A KING.
Prayer is going to be the engine to drive any and everything you do from this day forward so I would love to pray a blessing over you.
Please help me to see people the way you see them.Teach me how to love the way that you love.I desire to live a life that glorifies you.A life that is expressed through loving others.
In Jesus name Amen.
Vonetta Carter is a proud wife and mother of 8 children. She works alongside her husband Pastor Veronne who is the Senior Pastor at First Wesleyan Church in Nashville TN. She also serves as a intercessor, mentor, motivational speaker and Encourager ,PTO President and the leader of the women’s ministry at her church, She has the privilege to minister to women from all different walks of life.
Vonetta believes that God wants women to be whole in every area of their life, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially. She is a strong believer in the power of prayer and that prayer will be the engine to drive any church or ministry. “My hearts breaks for women and I believe in coming alongside them and believing God with them that at the end of the day we will all be lovingly challenged to come up higher as it pertains to the things of God…And I whole heartily believe that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think. He also said in his word no good thing would he with hold from them that love him.
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