I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring (outdoing) one another;
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Fun story: So I used to get offended when I would tell people “I love you” and they would respond with “I love you more.” In my mind, I would say: “Well how do you know?!” (Sidenote: I tend to get offended by things that most people would NOT be offended by; and the things that are offensive to most, I consider trivial. Fun fact about me!) However, if we think about it, there IS a way to know whether someone loves us more. If love is a lifestyle, and we are truly living out our love for others, we honor one another by displaying our love. We outdo one another in our expressions of love (Romans 12:10).
So the next time someone tells you: “I love you more,” smile, and ponder the statement for a moment. Then think about the ways that you can outdo them in love.
So now faith, hope, and love abide. And the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
I love you more. And God loves you most.
Love is a lifestyle. Jesus lived it, and He’s still living it.
And so should we. Don’t you forget it.
With God’s Love,
Founder, Love Is A Lifestyle
Author, Happily Ever After: Biblical Womanhood, The Pursuit of Christ…and Marriage
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