Happy Easter, friends!! I hope everyone is having a great day!! Today we're going to be talking about how to love others and why love is important. For this post I'm going to be talking about Jesus, because he is pretty much the best example of how to love others. That being said, if you aren't Christian, hang tight for a second. These words can still help you even if you don't believe the same things I do.
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Paul says, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails."
WOW!! That verse is so amazing. Guys, we have an actual checklist on how to love others. This verse tells us exactly how to love others. Whether you're Christian or not, I think we may all agree that this is a pretty solid description of what love is. If we follow this verse, we're going to start loving people like crazy. Let's look at Jesus. Jesus loves others endlessly. He was constantly spreading His love to others, and His love never fails. He died on the cross for all of us on Earth. Even if you don't believe in the stories of the Bible, Jesus can still be an example to us all. You know when a character in a book is a role model for you? If you don't believe in what the Bible states, pretend for a second that this is the situation that we're in.
Loving like Jesus is going to make the world a better place. His love is putting others before yourself. Like the verse says, when you love someone you are patient with them, you are kind to them, you trust and protect and preserve them, and you hope that they do their best. I bet doing these things for people you're very close to comes pretty naturally, and I bet it doesn't come very naturally to that teacher who always gives you bad grades and to that one girl who stole your mechanical pencil in 5th grade. It's a lot harder to be patient, kind, protective, trusting, hopeful, and preservative to the people you don't like. Let me let you in on a little secret that is guaranteed to make the world a better place: you don't have to like people, but you have to love them.
What?!? What does that even mean? You're probably staring at your screen wondering what the heck I'm talking about. Let me explain. You don't have to like everyone. There are going to people that make you mad or frustrate you or do things on purpose to annoy you, and it is VERY difficult to like them. And I don't expect you to like them. Trust me, I have plenty of people who I don't like. But that doesn't mean I can't love them. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true. You can be patient with people you don't like. It's going to be difficult, but you can do it. You can still be nice to them, and you can still hope for the best for them. Some might argue that this is "being fake" but I'd say it's called being a Nice Human. Even the people that get on your last nerve are still worthy and deserving of your love, so you should give it to them. Does that difference make sense? Even if you don't like someone, you can still spread the love to them, because they are still worthy of love.
Let's take a second to think about what love isn't. According to the verse, love does not include envy, boasting, pride, dishonor, self-seeking, anger, record-keeping, or delight in evil. When you love someone, you aren't jealous of them. You're proud of what they've accomplished. We can probably all do a better job about being happy for people instead of feeling jealous. I know I can. When someone shares some good news, focus more on what it means for them instead of what it doesn't mean for you. On the opposite side of that, love does not include boasting or pridefulness. Share with people the things you're proud of, but never boast about it and don't let your pride get in the way. Honor all people, because they are all created in the image of God (or they're just people who are deserving and worthy of love if you don't believe in God). When you love people, never love someone because you think you'll get something out of loving them. That is absolutely not the mindset you want to have with love. Going back to being patient, try to be more understanding rather than angry. Lastly, don't hold grudges. Don't keep track of people's sins and their wrongs. Each day give them a clean slate, and love them openly without judgement.
All of this description basically goes back to the Golden Rule: treat others as you want to be treated. This time lets replace some words to make it: LOVE OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE LOVED. Spread the love. Love everyone, even if you don't like them. Keep 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in the back of your mind. Write it down if you need to. Look back on it every so often so you don't forget how to love people
Thank you so much to all of you lovely people who read this. Go out there and show people some REAL LOVE, and show others how to spread the real love. Let's make the world a better place. Believe it or not, accomplishing just that can be done solely through showing others love and reaching out to them. GO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!!
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3