Happy Valentine’s Day!

We continue LOVE-O-RAMA 2017 with:

GOD’S ADVICE FOR RELATIONSHIPS

Someone shared the following verses with my wife and me at a point in our marriage when we weren’t be all that LOVE-ly to one another:

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything …

Yes! I remember thinking. If only she would do everything I say, our lives would be a whole lot better. But, unfortunately, there was more.

LOVE Words

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Question: According to experts, what’s the absolute #1 cause of failure in relationships, business, medicine, politics, war and
maybe even religion?

Answer: Crummy communication. We don’t wield words wisely.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, there has been an absolute communication explosion lately. Google the word “communication” and you get 2.29 billion hits. There are 332,325 communication books on Amazon.com. We sent more than 50 trillion e-mails in the past year. Facebook has more than a billion users sharing private intimate communications with complete strangers. There are more than 300,000 Twitter tweets every single minute. The average teenager sends 3,399 texts each month. But it’s not just teenagers – studies show a rapid increase in texting even by octogenarians.

So … is all this communication making life better? In study after study, people report feeling more depressed, disconnected and un-LOVED than ever before. We can all help change that sad state of affairs one word at a time.

Here’s where it all starts, according to Jesus:

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45)

Answer this little question before you say another word on this planet:

What is YOUR full of?

Ask God to fill your to overflowing with LOVE before you even think about opening your mouth.

And then do this:

Encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

How often should we do that?

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today.” (Hebrews 3:13)

Times are tough out there. People are hurting. Ask God to help you encourage as many of your fellow humans as possible today. And tomorrow. And each day after that.

So …

Encourage your spouse. Encourage your kids. Encourage your parents. Encourage your friends. Encourage your co-workers. Encourage your boss. Encourage your dentist. Encourage your gastroenterologist.

The possibilities are endless.

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(Sources: Google.com; Amazon.com; Radicati Group, Inc., Email Statistics Report 2012-16; Newsroom.fb.com/company-info; Internetlivestats.com; The Nielsen Company; Mashable.com)

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LOVE Those You Hate

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Think of the one person on this planet you despise more than anyone else.

Here’s what Jesus said we should do about people like that:

LOVE them.

Here are his exact words:

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:44-45)

Here’s more:

LOVE One Another

It’s LOVE-O-RAMA 2017 here on GUWG.

As we’ve been discussing the past few days, Christianity isn’t about following a bunch of rules and regulations. It’s about relationships. God wants us to (1) love Him and (2) love others. It’s that simple.

So how exactly do we “love others”? That’s basically what the entire New Testament’s all about.

Here’s a selection of LOVE verses to store deep in your . Meditate on ’em. Marinate in ’em. Memorize ’em.

LOVE Rules

It’s LOVE-O-RAMA 2017 here on GUWG. Today, we’ll look at what Jesus himself said about love.

Some religious scholars were trying to figure out which of their zillions of rules were most important. So they asked Jesus:

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?

Jesus replied:

LOVE Power

It’s LOVE-O-RAMA 2017 here on GUWG.

To me, the freakiest part about being a Christian is that God — the creator of the universe — comes to live IN you. The Bible says:

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? (1 Corinthians 6:19)

LOVE God

It’s LOVE-O-RAMA 2017 here on GUWG.

As we discussed yesterday, Christianity isn’t about following a bunch of rules and regulations. It’s about relationships. God wants us to (1) love Him and (2) love others. It’s that simple.

But how exactly do we “love God”? Isn’t that like trying to find a gift for the proverbial guy who’s got everything (literally)?

Not at all. God gives us free will. We can either love Him or reject Him. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be true love.

So, what does the Bible say? It couldn’t be clearer: