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John 4:1-26

 When you think about love, what does it look like? Does it look like a sweet lady teaching the wonderful stories of the Bible to a class full of kiddos? Does it look like a sweet older couple who appear to be madly in love with one another even though their faces are lined with wrinkles and their steps have shortened almost to a shuffle, walking hand in hand in full assurance of faith and love? Does it look like the heart of a faithful servant, serving with respect and diligence in a food pantry helping to put food on the table for hungry mouths and empty bellies? Does it look like the innocent face of a newborn baby who is so pure and sinless? Yes, on all accounts!!

 There are a lot of people who display selfless, active, and unconditional love each day by the way they live in love. Love is a decision that acts unselfishly, unconditionally, and nonjudgmentally. It’s a tough life but necessary to live out a lifestyle of love!

 Jesus Christ is LOVE...Jesus suffers long, He is kind, He does not envy, He does not parade Himself, He is not puffed up, He doesn't behave rudely, nor does He seek His own, and He is not easily provoked. He thinks NO EVIL and doesn't rejoice in iniquity! He bears, believes, hopes, and endures ALL THINGS. Jesus is love with flesh and bones. He is a compassionate heart with a loving nonjudgmental look for the worst of us and serves, cares, and sacrifices anyway! He is what Paul was talking about in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6. 

 He displayed His love toward the woman at the well (John 4:1-26). He also displayed His love toward Matthew, a sinner (Matthew 9:9-13). He certainly shared His love with an untouchable group of lepers (Luke 17:11-19). There are so many people who are the recipients of Jesus's unconditional, unselfish, and nonjudgmental love. 

 Let's do all we can to follow the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and love with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Let us love our neighbors the way Jesus loves them. 

 “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” -- 1 John 2:6