We are one week into the new year. In last week’s post, ‘2015 Resolutions,’ I added this image as some of the goals I am working on this year, and that I am hoping you will or already have joined me for. Top of the list: Love more! However, looking at this image or even reading the words and verses isn’t enough to accomplish change in 2015. Our goals need to be actionable, and as is my style, I’m here to help! 😉 The ‘Love More’ Resolution was taken from Matthew 22:39 and I’ll share the surrounding verses for context. “‘You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
The two most important things Christ ever commanded us to do tell us to love more! So how do we put our ‘Love More’ Resolution into practice? How do we instill it so deeply into our hearts that it becomes a habit? How do we bless our Lord and our families with these commands?
I just began a 21 day challenge group for health and fitness and the precept behind it is that it takes 21 days to make something a habit. As a result, I’m going to provide you with the momentum to get started and hopefully bring about true change in your life (and the lives of those around you) for 2015.
Who couldn’t use a little more love?
Before we jump in though, download this image, save it to your computer, print it out, put it on your vision board or some place you’ll see it regularly and memorize it. The more we fill our hearts with scripture, the more it shapes us and our behaviors, temperament and attitudes.
Once you’ve done this, here is a 21-day guide to scriptures about love. You can download it for free, pin it, save it to your desktop or print it- whichever option will make it easily accessible each day.
So here’s what to do. Each morning, wake up a few minutes early (it shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes a day), read one of the Bible verses listed below and then pray on it. Let it soak in. Review it throughout the day to absorb it fully and apply it wherever possible. *Template for this infographic provided by FreePik.com & adapted by FindingOurFeet.org
To ‘love more’ is our foundation for the rest of the 2015 resolutions. Let’s lay this foundation together and hold dearly to these scriptures as they will propel us forward into the action required to fulfill the remaining resolutions.
In addition to reading and praying on these verses, each day for the next 21 days write a note to someone (spouse, child, friend, pastor, missionary, co-worker, someone that serves you on a regular basis, etc.), telling them what you love about them. Hand-written is best, but it can be electronic as well. It doesn’t have to be long, but I promise you will feel the love as you share it with others. You can either write a note to 21 different people (one new person each day), write 21 notes to the same person, or any combination of the two. Go wild! Love more!
I want to wrap this up with the reason we should love more and the only perfect example of love. Our faithful God. I hope you enjoy this song about His unmeasurable love.
Don’t forget to download your FREE Love More printable here.
Check in with me during the next 21 days to let me know how your resolution to love more is coming along. What are some ways you plan to love more this year? What Bible verses about love are most convicting for you?
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