1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
To truly love others we must first have the Love of God and His Spirit working within to transform us to become more loving people. To be the kind of loving spiritual beings He desires us to be. The kind of love I am talking about is the kind of love God is all about. It is the kind of love that does not seek to degrade, demean or devalue others, to be jealous and envious towards others, to abuse others, to disrespect and dishonor others, to compete against others, to hate others, to hold onto grudges against others, to control and dominate others, to manipulate, to fix the person, or to rescue others. We must let all of those things go in order to love others as God loves us. We must also learn to let go for our own desire and need for power and control for it is God who has the power and is in control. We must surrender ourselves to God and understanding that God is the one who is in control of our lives.
It is about Love not power. The Lord our God has the power and has the power to transform and change us and our life circumstances as well as use us in the gifts, abilities and talents He has given us to serve Him and His purpose for our lives and others. We as humans are powerless, we are only dust. It is the power of God and His spirit that works within us that brings forth His power in our being and lives. Without Him and His power we are nothing. He wants us to become more loving. To show our love to others not by our words but by actions.
It does not matter if we have a whole bunch of talents, abilities and gifts, even spiritual gifts like talking in tongues or wisdom for which I have both. It does not matter if we go out of our way to help and serve others. These are important but what still means nothing unless we have Love and show others love. The kind of love that represents God. The kind of love I mean that God is all about, is the kind of love, compassion, kindness and forgiveness shown towards everyone. The kind of love that is patient, kind, gentle, forgiving, merciful, and all loving. The kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13.
To truly serve others, to inspire others, to make a difference, and to make an impact on the lives of others we must learn to become loving people who love others with a open and loving heart and soul.