The Love Series: Learning to Love

General

We’ve taken February to examine the ways in which social justice and Christ’s love interact.

What did you learn through this series?

We can say we learned a couple things at the culmination of this series: we learned how to look at Christ’s love through different lenses and approach the act of loving through various practical means.

In summary, the very message in this month’s The Love Series was that we can only love our neighbors when we first love God. We also learned that our neighborly love is expressed best through out-of-the-box thinking. There is no limit to our abilities to love because there is no limit to God’s love.

Of course, saying we can love unconditionally is much easier than doing so.

However, we can love like God loves with the help of the Holy Spirit. Reliance on the Spirit of God is the key to learning how to love and effectively loving: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26 ESV). The Holy Spirit helps us in all of our weaknesses and sometimes (most of the time?) we sure are weak at loving.

If at any time during this series you’ve felt a sense of inadequacy in loving, ask for help from the Holy Spirit.

If you felt as though there are some things you cannot (or will not) do to express God’s love to others, ask for help from the Holy Spirit.

If you felt as though you’re doing everything possible to love others, ask for help from the Holy Spirit to do more.

There is so much we can learn about how to love others better to bring unity in the church today. This love; this unity, inspires the multicultural worship environment that we all seek.

How will you love better today? Write down your thoughts in a journal and share with us in the comments.

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