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Series: Luis Palau | A Week on Love

We heard a lot about love and how to express it when we celebrated Valentine’s Day last month.  Now, on "Reaching your World with Luis Palau," let’s find out what true biblical love is, what love looks like in action, and how God wants us to love.  

Fight Hatred with Love Friday, March 5, 2021

Recently, my heart has been heavy because of everything I hear on the news. Like you, I’ve watched stories about innocent people whose lives have been taken. Hatred seems to be everywhere. The world seems more divided than ever before. And the question I am often asked is, “What’s the best response to all of this?” People ask me, “Should I be angry? Should I be scared?”

As followers of Christ, we are called to model Jesus. And what that means is we must fight hatred with love. We must fight injustice with forgiveness. We must resist the desire to be apathetic and instead, show compassion for all people – even the ones who do not like us. Jesus loves unconditionally. He even loves the people who do not love Him. And we ought to try to do the same thing, while being vigilant for our safety, of course. The Bible says in Luke 6:27, “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.”

So, when you hear news stories about ongoing violence or tragedy, consider a response that is rooted in the Word and in Christ. Consider responding with love instead of hatred, with compassion instead of apathy, and with grace instead of condemnation. And remember, even on the earth’s darkest days, Jesus is the conquering King who will return again for His people.

This is Andrew Palau.

Love as a Commandment Thursday, March 4, 2021

As followers of Jesus, we are called to love one another. But do we truly understand what love is? Jesus Christ was the ultimate example of love in action. And He commanded us to love. But this commandment was nothing new. Back in the Old Testament, in Leviticus, the Lord commands the Israelites to “love your neighbors as yourself.”

Jesus was the first who lived out the truth of this commandment. He showed us that love is action. Love is not just saying the right thing, or being kind to someone when they’re kind to you. Instead love is showing the truth by our actions all the time. This is hard to do when someone commits an offense against us. It is easy to get angry and bitter. But when we remember that Jesus loved us before we expressed love for Him, we can love others freely without expecting anything in return. The blessed Holy Spirit lives within us and He facilitates our love to others.

In His life, Jesus was called names, spit at, and gossiped about. But still he loved those around him. He is the ultimate example for us to follow. Reach your world by actually loving as Christ first loved us. Talk or show love to people about this love today.

This is Luis Palau.

Love is Not... Wednesday, March 3, 2021

As believers in Jesus, we know that we are called to love everyone. But the hard part is truly living out that love! In 1 Corinthians 4:5, God lays out what love is not by saying, “love does not envy or boast”. And you know, sometimes this is hard to fulfill.

It is easy to look around on social media or in the newspaper and see people who have more than us. And we can fall into envying these people for having what we feel we lack. Perhaps you envy a neighbor whose home is larger than yours, or an athlete who can run faster than you, or someone who is married when you’re still single. Then, on other occasions, we can be the ones boasting about all of the things we have! But love is not either of these things. In God’s definition, love does not focus on personal desires. God’s type of love is selfless—not selfish. 

This week, as you come into contact with people you’re tempted to envy, I encourage you to focus on expressing selflessness and love. And, instead of boasting about something you have, boast like Peter did—about all that God has done for you! By doing this, you will truly be able to reach and impact your world with the selfless love of Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Love is Patient Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Have you ever known someone who seems to make progress in a certain area of their life, only to fall back into old habits? A friend of mine named Ben was going through a tough season in His life. Ben had some bad habits that caused a lot of pain for those he loved. Then, he began to make progress… he started making better choices, only to eventually fall back into his old ways again. This pattern happens often with people, and as a friend or family member, it can be a difficult thing to watch.

We want the best for those we love, and when we see people making poor choices, our first instinct can be to harshly call them out… but the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that “love is patient and kind”. So, since we are called to love others, we are called to practice patience and kindness towards them. Not always easy! But patience is a fruit of God’s Spirit living in us.

I encourage you to practice patience towards someone in your life. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who is making poor choices. How might you treat them differently if you were filled with patience and kindness? Chances are, this person might realize that there’s something different about the way you are treating them. And this might open up an opportunity to talk to them about Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.

True Love Monday, March 1, 2021

Have you ever been part of a team or club? I’m from Argentina, and over there, soccer—or as we say, “football”—is the most popular team sport. People who play together on the same team wear matching jerseys so everyone knows what team they’re a part of. Like teams with matching uniforms, we as Christians can show people that we belong to Jesus’ team by following His commandments.

In John 13, Jesus commands: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, my followers, if you love one another.” So, how can people tell that we are followers of Christ? Well, through our love for others. 

When we truly love others, we don’t just love people who we’re friends with, but we love all people because all are made in God’s image. When we love people, we genuinely want the best for them. And there is no better way to assure the best for someone than with the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. Don’t you agree with that? So, this week as you interact with people in your life, I encourage you to act and speak out of respect, out of love. Pray for the people you come into contact with, and lovingly find the way to talk to people about Jesus.

This is Luis Palau.

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