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Deep in my heart and soul, I’ve always believed that love – genuine, sacrificial, relentless love – has the power to bring about healing – in body, heart and mind – and transform a life. I get this principle from the basic truth that pure love can never be separate from God Himself and His unequalled, unsurpassed power. This is the power of His love.
And by it we have been redeemed, our lives have been cleansed and changed, our broken hearts and bodies have been healed, and our minds have been renewed.
This same love, when we let it grow and flourish in us, and we yield ourselves to be empowered and guided by it, will do its mighty work through us in the people that we live with and encounter in our lives. For the Lord Jesus Himself commands us to love like He loves us (John 15:12).
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. (1 John 4:12 NLT)
It is through loving others the way He has loved us that His love is made complete – perfected – in us. As He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
Having laid out these truths then, we know that we have been given the power to love: speak love, show love, act love, live love.
I believe in the power of this: to love by showing our genuine care by doing sacrifices to the one who is sick and suffering; to make one feel truly and deeply loved by our tender touch, a touch so earnest it soothes away pain, and compassionate words that bring healing.
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Prov. 16:24 NIV)
Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. (Prov. 16:24 NLT)
If kind words touch the soul, the seat of all human faculties, how much more will the body be touched and healed? If, as the Lord Jesus, so are we in this world – will not His words spoken with all faith and love by us bring healing?
He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions. (Ps. 107:20)
By the way we show our genuine love and make others feel they are loved, I believe this will touch and affect them in positive ways and inspire them to become better persons. We have heard of the phrase, “You bring out the best in me”, but it is really the Lord Jesus being “seen” in and through us.Who am I becoming?… Could they recognize You in my life?… Who am I becoming? Can they see Your face in mine?
~ from the song Becoming by Shannon Wexelberg
Isn’t this the very purpose of our being shining lights, reflecting the brilliance of God’s light, His love and mercy, so that others may be spurred to look deeper into their hearts and examine their ways and be encouraged to seek the Lord more and follow Him?
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Rom. 2:4 NIV)
Couldn’t we show God’s kindness, forbearance and patience in the way we treat others and handle our relationships? Wouldn’t it be very helpful in our pursuit of peace and harmony with the [difficult] people in our lives if we relentlessly show His goodness for we know that this leads them to repentance and amend their ways?
But we know for a fact that when we have been hurt, we sometimes let our hearts be “paralyzed” and for a time, stop its activity to love, forgive, and show goodness and long-suffering. Might it be a spiritual “cardiac arrest” arresting all activities of love? But this,
…[Love] is not self-seeking. (1 Cor. 13:5 NIV)
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Cor. 13:7 NLT)
has shown the very essence of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ: it persevered in the midst of enormous pain. The very thing that pierced His heart and hurt Him beyond words – us – was the one thing which kept Him at the cross to show His immeasurable love to the end.
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. (1 John 4:17 NLT)
Let us live like Jesus here in this world.
Linked to Titus 2sday, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, Women in the Word Wednesday, Raising Homemakers, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Faith-filled Friday, Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty, Walk With Him Wednesday, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home