Saturday, April 11, 2015

Learn to Love

These children get together frequently and play well with each other. This day, they hiked up the mountain side at Well Gulch.

Being like Jesus means loving. Young children are generally very loving creatures.  

 Often we fail our children and let them become very self centered and that often causes them to  treat others badly. A wise parent teach their children to love others. If they don't learn, those children can become at the very least unlikeable. Many of them grow into unloving and unlikeable adults and even worse, problems to society.

Love is very important.

In his series, Daily Hope, Rick Warren taught me something. I don’t think I’d ever heard that our pursuit on earth is to learn to love. We emphasize that we should learn ‘to be like Jesus'. And I’ve always just thought, we should do good and not evil. But this gets to the root of it, love.  Some people are very unloveable. Because it isn't easy to love them, we need to learn to love them.

 Jesus loves them, so can you and I with a little effort.

I've copied Rick Warren's piece here for you. 

Learn to Love Your Co-Workers

“Do everything with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT, second edition)
One of the most important keys to receiving God’s favor on your work is this: You must care about the people you work with. Even when they are irritable, even when they don’t like you, even when they make fun of you, even when they put you down for being a Christian, you must still be a friend to them.
Why is this so important for success? Because the number one lesson in life, the number one reason God put you on this earth, is to learn how to love. God is love, and he wants you to be like him.
It’s easy to love people you like — the people you find it easy to get along with. So if God’s going to teach you real love, realize that he’s going to put you around unlovely people.
The Bible says, “Do everything with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT, second edition). “Do everything” — that means in the office, in the car, on a sales trip — whatever. The good news is this really is not hard. It’s easy to underestimate the power of a kind word, a friendly smile, a pat on the back, a genuine compliment, a word of encouragement, and a listening ear. 
I have seen so many people’s lives changed when somebody takes time to pay attention to them. There is not a person on this planet who isn’t starving for attention. But a caring person is hard to find. The Apostle Paul said, “I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare” (Philippians 2:20).
People need affirmation, attention, and affection. Learn to care about the people you work with and show them God’s love.
“Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Ephesians 4:2 TLB).
You can find more on his website.

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