“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7 NLT)
Love is a skill that can be learned. In other words, it’s something you can get good at, and that means you get better at love by practicing love. There is no time better than the Christmas season to practice loving others.
You may think you’re a good lover, but God wants you to become a great lover, a skilled lover, a master lover. Yet most people never learn how to love. You can become an expert at relationships.
Wouldn’t you like to become known as a person of extraordinary love? When people speak of you, they might say: “He doesn’t care who you are or what you look like.” “She doesn’t care where you’ve been or what you’ve done or where you’re from.”
The only way you get skilled at something is to practice. You do it over and over. The first time you do it, it feels awkward, but the more you do it, the better you become.
The same is true with love (1 John 4:7). Let’s practice loving each other. As the Bible says, “Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15 HCSB).
Talk About It
What can you do to practice love this Christmas season?
Who are the most difficult people for you to love? How can you move past the awkwardness of showing them love to being skilled at loving even the unlovable?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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