We live in a tough world. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, being loving is often the furthest thing from my mind. But, in reality, I want to be a better person. After reading several lessons from Love As a Way of Life, there were some truths presented that I want to hold on to.
The study focused on seven characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity and honesty. Although each of these traits sound good, they are not feelings which come and go, but can be established as habits to be practiced when we purpose to become an authentic, loving person. By putting into practice and gaining good habits in these areas, together they form a loving person from the inside out.
We all have multiple relationships. From family, to co-workers, to the store clerk or hairdresser, we have relationships with each person we come in contact with. Most people want good relationships, but realize they can be difficult. What if the key to success is discovering the power of loving others. Success is more than money, promotion or fame. When we decide to seek to enrich the lives of others through relationships, we will find the most satisfying form of success. When we learn to love others, because each one has value, we experience a joy like none other.
I want to pursue and develop these characteristics, but also have them ingrained in my heart, so that they naturally and genuinely come out. Will you go on a journey with me to learn more about each trait and how to establish it in our hearts?
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. I John 4:7