charity (love)

….and to brotherly kindness, charity.
 Hello everyone, it has been a great privilege to
have studied this series on 2Peter 1:5-10The last of the list of eight is love. It is the best reserved for the last. 
The whole essence of being a Christian is to love.

The word “love” is one of the most commonly abused
words. 

The true meaning of love can only be obtained from the God who is Love.
It is imperative we understand what it means to love God and then those around us.

The two greatest commandants are all about love. Matthew 22:37-39  
We all need to love God.
When you are immersed in loving God and then it becomes a part of you to love others.
You can’t say you love God you have not seen and yet hate the people around you. Deuteronomy10:12  and 1John4:7-8  
 
The bible is clear on the various characteristics of love. 
The 15 attributes of love
As written in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)
Love is patient 
Love is kind It does not envy
It does not boast
 It is not proud
 It is not rude
 It is not self-seeking,(selfish)
 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 trust.
  Always hopes
  Always perseveres
  Love never fails
 
You can give and not love but you can’t say you love without giving. Proverbs 10:12  
 
So when next you feel like really hating on someone remember God’s love in your life. Finally as a reminder when next you say these words “I Love you” you should
mean it and understand the gravity of those words.

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