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It seems as if nearly everyone is yelling, protesting and angry about something! Why is the world so

upset and agitated?

With all of the mean tweets, political polarization, religious dogma and brash behavior we see on

the daily, you can almost feel the tension in every room among strangers. But is this what God

wants for us?

Absolutely not.

Though we may not agree with everyone and have a deep longing to change the world for the

better—as we should—God desires that our opinions and tone, both publicly and privately, are

always seasoned with grace and sprinkled with lots of love.

Are you loving enough in your relationships? In your interactions with people you don’t know?

When you engage someone with whom you disagree? With individuals who are of low estate and in


Or are you arrogant, puffed up, hard to talk to, nearly impossible to get along with, bitter and


Be honest.

It’s time to get real because God is calling you to be more loving in this day and age where

rudeness and mean-spiritedness is increasingly more accepted, and in some ways encouraged.

But believers are not supposed to behave like the world. We are consecrated, sanctified and set

apart to do the Master’s bidding.

This, however, can only be accomplished through Christ-like love, gentleness, meekness and

compassion. Are you willing to grow in grace, take on the nature of God and exhibit His attributes in

a fallen world?

If so, here are 8 scriptures that will help you become instantly more loving with all people and in all


1) 1 John 3:18 (NIV)- “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in


Real love is so much more than a feeling. The saying “actions speak louder than words” holds true

here. If someone claims to love you, their behavior should reflect the love they talk about. How do

you treat people? Does it scream love or not?

2) 1 John 4:20 (NIV)- “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or a sister is a liar. For

whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they

have not seen.”

A great way to determine someone’s true character is by taking notice of their interactions with

others. If they are truly a loving person, their attitude towards those around them will attest to this.

How would others view your actions?

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source: Alice Whitehall // Empowering Everyday Women Ministries // Spiritual

Do You Love Like Christ? 8 Scriptures To Help You Be Instantly More Loving  was originally published on praisecleveland.com