The Power Of Love

The Power Of Love

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Love. What a weird concept. It can take so many forms, whether it is towards your family, your friends, yourself or a significant other, love is incredibly important and we can show love in so many different ways. We live in a world right now faced with so much hurt and suffering but contrary to what most believe, I believe that these circumstances leave more room for love, and the possibility of being transformed by it. The most important aspect to consider though is that "we love because He first loved us" 1 John 4:19.

Love Others

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another" John 13:34

So if God so clearly lays out in the bible that one of his greatest commandments is to love others, why is it something we struggle so much with? For me personally, I struggle most with loving those who are different than me, those who have differing opinions. Sometimes I find myself asking God, "Really? You expect me to love her/him after they just did that to me?" But God's answer I know would be "Yes, I do" because I think we learn the most about ourselves and our world when we dive into loving others that are different than us. We begin to learn more than we ever knew before and loving others the way that God loves us removes separation between us and God and improves our relationship with him as well. So sure, those people that wrong you or have opinions that you know just couldn't be right are hard to love, but it is those that are hard to love that God strategically puts in our lives to help us grow and learn.

Love yourself

"You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you" Song of Solomon 4:7

Ahhh, the hardest one of all. God tells us to "love others as ourselves" but how are we to do that when we don't even fully accept and love ourselves. In society today, I feel as though we are raised to doubt ourselves, our strengths, abilities and attributes that God so clearly drew out for us but this is obviously not the way it was intended to be. This has to be the biggest slap in the face to God. Imagine if you put something together that you feel is absolutely perfect and flawless in every way, only to step back and hear that you created it "wrong" or "didn't make it ______ enough". I can only imagine how hurtful that would be. You were created absolutely perfect in God's image so start living it out and truly believing it. God doesn't view your lack of a thigh gap or crooked nose or cellulite to be imperfections, He seems them as special aspects that He specifically crafted to make you, you. Begin to love yourself, cellulite, dimples, and all, and you will begin to find it easier to love others.

You Aren't Called to Love Alone

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love" 1 John 4:7-9.

We are called to love because God first loved us. As clearly stated in the verse above, love is from God. So when you do find it hard to love someone that may be different than you or has done wrong to you, remind yourself that your love comes from something so power, so almighty that it cannot be defeated. And therefore, you can love that person who is hard to love.

In a world faced with so much evil, harm and doubt, let us be reminded that God is love and because He first loved us, unconditionally and unshakable I might add, we are called to love others in the same way. However, we can't love others until we first fully love ourselves. We owe it to God to view ourselves in the perfect image that he created us to be, because anything less isn't fair to Him.

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8 Reasons Having A Sister Equals Having A Lifelong BFF

She'll love you forever and ever, even if you steal her clothes.

Not gonna lie, my sister and I used to fight CONSTANTLY. Granted, she's 8 years younger than me so when I was 16 and she was 8, we really didn't have much in common.

Now that we're both older and have both endured the rough middle school years, she and I have so much more in common. My sister cracks me up, she is even more dramatic than I was at that age but knows how to dish out sass like nobody's business. She is way more confident than even I am now and has no problem being herself.

When I was younger, I had no idea what a blessing it was to have a little sister, but now that I'm older, and we're both way cooler, I am so lucky to have her.

1. She's a lifelong best friend

My sister and I text so much and she tells me all about the drama going on at school. I love hearing her talk about her friends and the new boy she's crushing on. I tell her all about my boy drama too and tell her everything I could never tell our mom.

2. Two girls means double the clothes

My sister and I both grew really fast which means that we've been able to wear each other's clothes since she was about 10. I never bring clothes with me when I come home for the weekend because I think "eh, I'll just wear hers." Consequently, it's not uncommon for me to go looking for something and to find it (along with lots of other things of mine) in her closet.

3. She's the perfect soundboard

Although she's young, growing up with an older sister has made my sister wise beyond her years. She's so mature and sometimes says things that completely blow me away. For this reason, she's a great person to get advice from and has no problem telling me when I'm being absolutely ridiculous or when I need to stand up for myself.

4. She'll always make you laugh

Like I said, my sister's sassy. She can dish it out like nobody else. She also is really funny and such a middle schooler, which I can appreciate.

5. She'll always teach you something...

Because my sister is younger than me, she is all caught up on every new technology. She showed me how to work the new Snapchat update and is the one who has to tell me what the emojis mean when you have a snap streak.

6. ... and you'll be able to teach her things too.

Who do you think taught her how to apply mascara?? (hint: me)

7. She'll hype you up more than even your BFFs do

When you post a fire Instagram post, she'll be the first to like or comment and when you look good for a night out she'll let you know. My sister always tells me when I'm looking cute and when my makeup is A+ work.

8. Most of all, she'll love you forever and ever. Even when you steal her clothes.

Love you so much li'l sis! Hope you read this and cry <3

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23 Next-Level Texts You Send Your Mom As You Creep Into Your 20s

4. "Can I wash two loads of laundry at one time to save money?"

1. "Can you send me this recipe? I'm going to try to cook tonight."

2. "What's the difference between an ophthalmologist and an endocrinologist?"

3. "Does this look normal?"

4. "Can I wash two loads of laundry at one time to save money?"

5. "It was an awful date, but at least there was free dinner."

6. "I hung a curtain by myself, aren't you proud of me?"

7. "How often do I really need to vacuum?"

8. "Maybe I can give you grandcats instead of grandchildren."

9. "Will I die if I have three RedBulls in one day?"

10. "Do I REALLY need this education?"

11. "Thomas Edison failed math, too, and look where he ended up."

12. "Would double-majoring be a bad idea?"

13. "Cute guy in English class."

14. "Update: Cute guy in English class has a girlfriend."

15. "My cramps are so bad I can't move - I blame Dad."

16. "Is my car supposed to be growling at me?"

17. "You'll never guess what this girl in my history class just said..."

18. "Do I REALLY need to eat?"

19. "Would you still love me if I dropped all my classes?"

20. "It's okay, everyone else failed, too."

21. "I burned butter making pancakes..."

22. "Yes, that's my third box of pizza."

23. "I love you!"

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