God is love. He loves us. Everything He does is motivated by love. When God created mankind, He placed them in a beautifully prepared garden that had everything they needed. After Adam and Eve sinned, because of His great love for us, He provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him though Jesus, His Son.
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life," (NIV). Through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, God demonstrated His love for us. Romans 5:6-8 says, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us," (NIV).
Romans 5:5 shows that God pours out His love in our hearts, through the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Jesus encourages us to love one another. He says in John 13:34-35, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another," (NIV).
We are living in the days where Jesus prophesied that the love of the greater number will cool off because of the increase of lawlessness. We see the violence and hatred in our streets, the anger in our nations, the breakdown of marriages and family, the verbal attacks on social media and the persecution towards Christians all over the world.
However, as believers, we have to guard the love that God has shed into our hearts, so that we don't get bitter and hardened by sin and unforgiveness. Proverbs 14:10 says, "Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy," (NIV). As disciples of Jesus, we are not immune to life's betrayals, disappointments, and hurts. However, God commands us to forgive. He will heal our hearts from bitterness and offense, so that we can be dispensers of His love to others.
In 1 Thessalonians 3:12, the Apostle Paul wrote, "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for every one else...," (NIV). That is our prayer. May God increase our love so that we can tell others about His love. God loves you. Be a voice for the gospel. Wear Scriptures!