By Rick Warren
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7 NLT)
Love is a skill that can be learned. In other words, it’s something you can get good at, and that means you get better at love by practicing love. There is no time better than the Christmas season to practice loving others.
You may think you’re a good lover, but God wants you to become a great lover, a skilled lover, a master lover. Yet most people never learn how to love. You can become an expert at relationships.
Wouldn’t you like to become known as a person of extraordinary love? When people speak of you, they might say: “He doesn’t care who you are or what you look like.” “She doesn’t care where you’ve been or what you’ve done or where you’re from.”
The only way you get skilled at something is to practice. You do it over and over. The first time you do it, it feels awkward, but the more you do it, the better you become.
The same is true with love (1 John 4:7). Let’s practice loving each other. As the Bible says, “Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15 HCSB).
What can you do to practice love this Christmas season?
Who are the most difficult people for you to love? How can you move past the awkwardness of showing them love to being skilled at loving even the unlovable?
From Email from Ps. Maurits 🙂