Love Is……

“A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  – John 13:34 NIV
Love is the new commandment Jesus gave under the New Covenant. The love walk is a liberating lifestyle because it sets us free from self. 
Love is a sacrifice-it costs. Every time we love someone, it costs us something. Time, talent, money, or pride may be the cost.
Forgiveness is love; it costs pride to forgive. The flesh is basically lazy and passive; it always wants effortless benefits. Love is effort.
There seems to be a lack of joy among God’s people; one of the major reasons is that we often become passive, looking for an effortless lifestyle. 
Love is involvement. It is impossible to have true relationship without involvement. Involvement requires commitment; commitment requires work; work is effort.
Love is an effort; it is an effort to walk in love.
Love is involvement, not isolation. Love requires reaching out. Love says, “I’m sorry.” first and initiates the move that can bring restoration and understanding.
Love involves sacrificial giving. Love doesn’t do the right thing to get something; love does the right thing because it is right. Love is healing; love restores.