Jesus said that in the last days the love of most people will grow cold. Is your love cold or hot
with the presence and purposes of God? Real love is focused and intentional. It is focused on
another or others. It is intentional in that it is expressed – it is an active verb. You can tell if you
are expressing this kind of love, they will experience it and others will see it. Real love is
demonstrative. Its deepest source and inspiration comes from God.
“God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Love is the expression of His essence – and it is His motivation for
creation. His creation expresses His love and shares His love. As we experience love, walk in
love and act lovingly, we bare His image in this world. Let’s look at three clear, yet counter-
cultural expressions of love. This kind of love is a prophetic sign in our day. It points to a
greater source and purpose than ourselves.
“Be devoted to one another – in love.” (Romans 12:10) Real devotion, commitment that
does not give up, must be motivated by love. It is not offended by its object. Love overlooks
and covers offenses and a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8) Real love maintains commitments
and stays committed. God calls us to be devoted to one another. This Kingdom of God kind of
devotion is a work of God, it is a miraculous fruit of the Holy Spirit.
“Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10) To love others is to value them. To
love them deeply is to value them more than ourselves. It takes notice of God’s image and
worth in others. This value leads to authentic honor. It takes seriously the value and gifting of
others. God wants us to defend the honor of one another. This is the opposite of judging,
“dissing,” back-biting, slander or gossip.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21) Submissive love
looks for God’s voice and purposes through others. This love humbly recognizes God’s image
in others and their impact on our lives. Can you submit to others in an age of self-referenced
rebellion? It requires faith and trust in God.
To step into God’s love is to recognize His image in people. It calls you to a transforming
prophetic lifestyle of devotion, honor and submission. It requires reliance upon the Holy
Spirit and active cooperation with His love for others. May God fill you with His love today!
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