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Love is something that can be seen.  It is seen in the fruit of the Spirit working in our lives, in our behaviour and how we treat people.  Love has many facets, or different ways we can see it.  For example, when a diamond is held up to the light, it can sparkle in various ways depending on which way it is turned.  I believe love also sparkles in different ways depending on how we look at it.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 gives us examples of the many facets of love:

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Love endures long, it has the ability to put up with stuff for a long time.  Love is never envious, it doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.  Love is not boastful or vainglorious, it doesn’t call attention to itself.  Love is not conceited or rude.  Love doesn’t insist on its own way.  Love pays no attention to a suffered wrong.  Love never gives up!

These are just a few ways we’re supposed to love others…and its also the way God loves us.

These commandments are not always easy to follow, especially when we face trials and hardships in our lives.  We won’t always have the best neighbours, co-workers, acquaintances or teammates, but that doesn’t mean we are to deal with them in any way that doesn’t show them love.  For we are to be the salt of the earth.  The example, the difference.

First John 4:8 says the “God is love”.  He loves us and has saved us, so now we can share His love with others around us.

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To imitate God, we have to look at Jesus, a perfect representation of God who lived out all of the descriptions on love in 1 Corinthians 13.  He always acted in love in every situation, even when people came against Him.  Now that’s a challenge isn’t it?  Thank God we have him to teach us, guide us, correct us when needed, lead us and most amazingly to forgive us!

Colossians 3:12-14 say to “clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones… And {put on} love”… Like Jesus, lets clothes ourselves in love and choose to follow His examples, bringing honour and glory to God.  Let’s be different, let’s do what we are all called to do.  Let’s show love… no matter what.

P.S. I’m linking up here today.

Exerts taken from the Promises for Your Everyday Life Devotional on YouVersion.