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Have you noticed that no matter how long you’ve been a Christian, walking in love never gets easy? Just as we overcome one level of aggravation, life throws us a more intense level of irritation!

Many of us have privately asked:

"Why can’t I have a more consistent love walk?"

"Why do I keep struggling with being offended, annoyed, and frustrated by people?"

The Word of God teaches that even though we love the Lord, loving people requires work – and a lot of it! In fact, Colossians 3:14 instructs that we must "put on love" (New International Version). This means that loving people won’t always come naturally to us. It will sometimes require deliberate effort and spiritual discipline.

Just as clothes conceal our physical nakedness, love covers the limitations of our natural temperament.

The Message Bible explains this perfectly. “Dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered [...] quick to forgive an offense [...]. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it" (Colossians 3:12-14).

Love is a choice. It is something that we must choose to dress in every day. And for many of us, it will never come easily – but we can choose to “put it on” anyway.

Written by: Marsha DuCille - Publisher/Editorial Director
publisher @ calledmagazine.com

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