8 Principles to Manifest Love in Your Life
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 perseveres – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
Love. We long for it. We pray for it. We even fast for it. Many of us search for the meaning of love in the millions of poems, novels, films, and songs created throughout time about love. We test relationship after relationship – yet find it elusive. Some believe love is found in purity; others in lust. The world goes through great lengths to convince us we’re supposed to have it, and as a result, we often feel “less-than” when we believe that we don’t.
What is it about love that has us waxing lyrically at times, and giddy and light-headed at other times? Do we really even know what love is?
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE
Here’s some of what we know about love, from the famous verses of scripture in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13:
- Love requires patience and kindness.
- Love requires truth and honesty.
- Love is an indicator of maturity.
- Love is for the long haul.
- Love always looks for the best.
- Love respects.
- Love endures.
- Love believes…
But do we know the difference between love, infatuation, and lust? Do we really know what it means to truly love: and do we have what it takes?
HOW TO MANIFEST LOVE IN YOUR LIFE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics and principles of love, and some of God’s requirements for igniting and manifesting love in your life:
- Love may not look like “your list.” No matter how great things look on paper, it may not be the situation God has for you. Fame and celebrity, sex appeal, monetary worth, educational achievement, social status, skin tone, hair texture, race, country of origin, political party, sports team, zodiac sign…none of the things that our society holds in high regard as tools for finding or defining love can actually determine or dictate how to (1 John 2:15-16). So the first thing you probably have to do is delete from your mind all the mental images and sounds of everything society has created to represent love.
- Love requires purity. There’s a reason for consecration, holy living, virginity, fasting, and abstinence. A pure heart, mind, and body allows us to best hear God, and to experience His full, true love (Matthew 5:8, 1 Peter 1:22). Without these, we end up in painful situations or relationships which could have been avoided and tied to people we probably should have simply passed by. Fast; ask God to create in you a clean, pure heart (Psalm 51:10). Pray; open your heart, seek God’s will for your life daily. That way, when God speaks, and plants that perfect situation in your life, you’ll know.
- Love isn’t seasonal. It isn’t “here today, gone tomorrow.” Love isn’t lukewarm. It’s not something you do “on the way past.” You can’t “fall out of love” if you’ve ever truly loved at all. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Love is actually the thing that keeps you present and “in the game,” because love requires consistency (Ephesians 4:2). Love, like God, is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).
- Love cannot be bought or sold. In Matthew 6:24 (NIV), Jesus tells his disciples that “you cannot serve both God and money.” And if God is love (1 John 4:8), and God can’t be bought or sold (Acts 8:20), then money has no bearing on love either!
To be continued…
Come back for Part II of“8 PRINCIPLES TO MANIFEST LOVE IN YOUR LIFE”, on Westa.org.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING: 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, 1 John 2:15-16, Matthew 5:8, 1 Peter 1:22, Psalm 51:10, Ephesians 4:2, Hebrews 13:8, Matthew 6:24, 1 John 4:8, Acts 8:20.