From Rick Warren: "Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up." (1 Corinthians 13:7)
The same love that God gives to you, you are to offer to everybody else that you come in contact with. It's not an option or a suggestion. It's a command: "Now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other" (John 13:34).
If you are a follower of Christ, you must love everybody — whether you like them or not — in the same way that Christ loved you. That means you are to accept them completely, love them unconditionally, forgive them totally, and consider them extremely valuable. Loving others in this way will transform your relationships!
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:7, "Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up".
This is how God loves you. God never stops being patient with you. God never stops believing in you. God never stops hoping for the best in your life. God never gives up on you. That's what God expects you to do with everybody else.
"Love never stops being patient." That means love extends grace. You need to offer grace to others.
"Love never stops believing." That means it expresses faith. You tell someone, "Even though we're having a tough time, I will never stop believing in you."
"Love never stops hoping." That means love expects the best. Are you expecting the best in your marriage, or have you settled for less than the best?
"Love never gives up." That means love endures the worst. It means you can look at the other person and say, "You can throw everything at me, but I'm going to keep loving you, no matter what."
As we have reflected on loving others this summer and visioning, I thought that Rick Warren summarized perfectly what we have talked about. As we moved towards being a community minded church, how are we you showing others love? We can make a difference in the community we live in, but it has to start with you and I. May we be ever up to that challenge!