The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.(1 John 4:8 NASB)
Love is the greatest! True believers in Jesus Christ are children of Love and citizens of the kingdom of Love. The God of Love is our Father, and He gave us His message of Love to share with all humanity (2 Corinthians 5:19-20). It is Good News!
As God’s children, He has placed His love in our hearts (Romans 5:5).
He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”(John 13:25 NASB)
Today every follower of Jesus Christ is called to manifest God’s love, just as Jesus did during His time on earth.
The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.(1 John 2:6 NASB)
Jesus already defeated the devil. But the Church, which is the Body of Christ, is still in a battle for the hearts and minds of people.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NASB).
This does not mean we can win people by arguments. Only when people see reality in our lives will their arguments be silenced.
There is only one way to win the hearts of people — by Love. If we don’t show them, Love, they won’t know Love exists.
We are now earthly representatives of Love, called to join the battle. We must always remember we are on Love’s side — not against people — only against what harms people.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:12 NASB)
People are not our enemy, but the devil tries to influence and work through people. So they may mistreat us. But our response to them should always be Love. We should always be patient and return kindness, regardless how people may have mistreated us.–A Devotion
Not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.(1 Peter 3:9 NASB)