A LOVE RECIPE
We all have the ingredients for love! How much do we require? Give it everything you have got!
– Hate evil – love good.
– Be devoted.
– Honour others above yourself.
– Be joyful in hope.
– Be patient in affliction.
– Share with others.
– Be hospitable to all.
– Always bless your persecutors.
– Do not curse (it will only come back at you).
– Rejoice when others rejoice.
– Mourn when others mourn.
– Live in harmony.
– Do not be conceited and proud.
– Associate with people in low positions. Love and lift them up!
– Do not pay evil for evil.
– Do right in another’s eyes.
– If possible live in peace with everyone.
– Do not take revenge (leave room for God’s wrath).
– Feed your enemies and give them something to drink. By this you will heap coals on their heads).
– Overcome evil with good.
– Build others up.
– Do not judge others.
– Put aside deeds of darkness – wear an armour of light.
– Behave decently.
– Do not gratify personal desires.
– Think beautiful thoughts.
– Be faithful in prayer.
– Have zeal when serving God.
THE ICING ON THE CAKE.
“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like, unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Follow these commandments and your recipe for love will ALWAYS be a success and you will reap the rewards.
(The author of the above is Paul of Tarsus: imprisoned and beaten many times; he was constantly in danger of death; received 39 lashes five times; beaten 3 times with rods; stoned once; shipwrecked 3 times; spent a night and day adrift at sea; was exposed to the dangers of nature and people wherever he went; he was in labour and hardship more often than not – unable to sleep from hardship and cold, hunger, thirst. All of this whilst being concerned for those that he was placed in charge of. He was finally put to death by capitation on the orders of the mad emperor, Nero).
Reference: Paul to the Romans. NIV. Romans 12.9 – 14.22.
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