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Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Love is an action word; I make this claim based on the actions taken by God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ our Savior. What was God's love action? The Father gave His Son and the Son gave His life to redeem man from the jaws of sin. In doing so all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be saved. God's love action is also demonstrated in that justice was demanded, but mercy took its place with Christ's atoning work on Calvary's cross.
The death believers have to die is to sin daily because Satan is constantly trying to impede our walk with Christ. Loving as God love believers have the ability to love thy neighbor because love trumps hate and all the evilness hate bring.
Another school of thought, we are commanded to love as Christ has loved us. He gave His life for us; therefore, to reciprocate that love we are to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves. Loving others as ourselves, then the world will know that we are ambassadors for Christ and are of God.
The world hates us; therefore, let's show the world more love.
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