Mountain Moving Monday: Love

Monday, February 09, 2015

Owe no man anything, but to love one another…” (Romans 13:8)

Word Study: Love

The original meaning of love in this verse is taken from the Greek word, Agape, which means to love (in a social or moral sense).

Let’s look at the word love in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

While trying to live this Christian life we sometimes encounter love/hate relationships.

Some of us don’t love because it scares us. We either don’t want to be hurt or we don't want to hurt someone else in the process. On the other hand, some of us wear our hearts on our sleeve and show affection without reservation; we give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and love like there’s no tomorrow.

Have you experienced this? One moment we care for others and the next moment, we despise them for even looking our way. We love people when things are going good for us, then hate them if they get blessings that we’ve been praying for for years.

Love/Hate relationships are confusing, draining, and deceitful. They make us double-minded. They cause our hearts to yield when we should be moving forward. What if we saved ourselves the heartache and tried to love like Christ?

What if our lives were centered on loving everybody? What if we actually loved people for who they are instead of hating them for who they are not?

What if we rendered good for evil, instead of evil for evil? What if instead of revenge, we reconciled with our families and friends?

What if we loved those who love us, as well as loved those who hate us? What if we actually did good to all men versus trying to make them stumble?

What if we were kind to and prayed for those who mistreated us? What if we were actually concerned about others instead of complaining about them?

Sometimes the most hated people are those who try with all of their hearts to love everyone and are just trying to be Christian in any way possible. This is trying to live out agape love. Agape love is a no-matter-what kind of love. It's an "I know society says I should treat you this way, however, I'll love you anyway kind of love." Even if people despise you, AGAPE anyway. Even when they mock you, AGAPE louder. Even when they don’t get it, AGAPE harder. Even if it gets difficult, AGAPE more!

Agape love loves no matter what.

Today, we can move mountains by loving instead of hating. Today, we can clear our outstanding debts with love!

Prayer:

Dear Father, sometimes hate becomes a mountain that we build to keep love away from us. We fear love because it makes us vulnerable and we may even think it makes us weak. But Jesus' symbol of love on the cross was not weakness, but ultimate strength! Our prayer today, Lord, is that we channel the love that Christ felt for those who hated Him and practice that kind of love in our own lives. We hope today that we move mountains of hate and learn to love like You! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


How will you move mountains of hate today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*


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