Love Is Practical

If love were not practical and met no needs, it would be useless. Love meets needs. It is not just a feeling. It is a choice. It seeks a way to meet needs, and with God*s help can succeed. Our greatest need is for forgiveness of sin and eternal life. The greatest love meets that need.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

When that greatest love has provided for us forgiveness and eternal life that love is also shed abroad in our hearts, and will cause us to love God and others.

Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Matthew 22:36: Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

We need to find ways to love God and others. We should start small and then our love can grow and abound.

Luke 19:17: And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

2 Thessalonians 1:3: We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

Devotional material is taken from Today With The King, written by Robert A. Cook. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved. Used with written permission.

Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Read also verses 1 through 23.

If Christ is the supply for all our needs, that abundance must surely be put to use in our dealings with people. Did you know that 90 percent of Christian work (or any other work, for that matter) involves getting along amicably with others? What are some specific ways for improving human relations?

Notice the other person. That is, see him; be aware that he is there. Joe Ankerberg, now with the Lord, at one time had the largest boy*s Sunday School class in the Chicago area. Someone asked, *What*s the secret of his tremendous fellowship of kids?* One of his own youngsters gave the answer: *Mr. Ankerberg will notice something about every one of us, even if it*s only one new shoelace.*

Then, listen. Look behind the façade for the real source of this person*s confusion or pain. Every psychiatrist can differentiate between the presenting cause (the verbalized, spoken complaint) and the actual cause, which lies far deeper. Once someone has spoken, repeat to him, in your own words, what you think he has said. That will tell him you have really been listening.

Finally, try to bring your listener into God*s presence. There are times when it is not your right to lead in prayer; to do so would be inappropriate. But on many occasions you can say, *Let*s just talk to the Lord about this.* Be brief. In thirty seconds you can commit the situation to God, and the person at your side will be aware that heaven has been brought into the equation.

Small thought here. People may be difficult to get along with. But they will be less so if you notice them, listen to them, and get them into the Savior*s presence.

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