As human being we love to use the phrase “I Love you” a lot, sometimes it just rolls off the tongue so easily. However if we stopped to real think of the gravity of what that really meant, we would probably use it less frequently.
A lot of the time people’s use of it is quite reactive, in other words, I love you because you’ve done this for me, so their love is conditional on what they can get out of it. Other times the phrase can be used as a form of control to manipulate people into doing what they want, so again the motive is quite selfish.
However true love is not self-serving and it is unconditional. We get our perfect example from our creator himself, who loved us so unconditionally that even when we showed him hate and contempt, he still died for us:
Rom 5:6 ¶ For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, the Messiah died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7 For it is rare for anyone to die for a righteous person, though somebody might be brave enough to die for a good person.
Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners.
That was such a powerful act of unconditional love, which proved without any doubt that our creator would go to any length to redeem us back to himself.
To truly love someone is to be willing to put your life on the line for them, today love is thrown around like a linking word to connect sentences, but that word is way deeper than that.
True love is demonstrated through actions and you cannot force someone to love you, they either do or they don’t.
Just think about how any people in your life have said to you that they love you and then reflect on how they acted towards you. Now you decide, were their actions unconditional and not self serving?
In a selfish world the thing that will make an individual stand out is how much they are willing to love. Even Christians, when sharing the gospel, you can do it out of a since of spiritual superiority or out of a desire to be right and prove a person wrong, or you can do it out of love and genuine concern for that person’s eternal soul. If the latter is the case, then your lifestyle and general attitude will reflect the words that come out of your mouth.
Remember the Scribes and the Pharisees would love to tell people how they should be living, they looked very religious and proclaimed to follow the law. They were always studying the scriptures, saying long prayer and fasting and yet Jesus called them White Washed Sepulchers!
Mat 23:24 You blind guides! You filter out a gnat, yet swallow a camel!
Mat 23:25 “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but on the inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Mat 23:26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that its outside may also be clean.
Mat 23:27 “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs that look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead people’s bones and every kind of impurity.
Mat 23:28 In the same way, on the outside you look righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
The Bible, in the book of Corinthians give us the perfect plum line for love:
1Co 13:1 The Supremacy of Love
If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal.
1Co 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself, but have no love, I gain nothing.
1Co 13:4 Love is always patient;
love is always kind;
love is never envious
or arrogant with pride.
Nor is she conceited,
1Co 13:5 and she is never rude;
she never thinks just of herself
or ever gets annoyed.
She never is resentful;
1Co 13:6 is never glad with sin;
she’s always glad to side with truth,
and pleased that truth will win.
1Co 13:7 She bears up under everything;
believes the best in all;
there is no limit to her hope,
and never will she fall.
1Co 13:8 Love never fails. Now if there are prophecies, they will be done away with. If there are languages, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
1Co 13:9 For what we know is incomplete and what we prophesy is incomplete.
1Co 13:10 But when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will be done away with.
1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways.
1Co 13:12 Now we see only an indistinct image in a mirror, but then we will be face to face. Now what I know is incomplete, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1Co 13:13 Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Parallel Business Principles
One of the things that I love about building a Reliv business is, in order for a person to be successful; the genuine love for other people’s success has to be drawn out of you. The love for wanting to see people’s results on the products also has to be drawn out of you. All of this is reflected on how you do your follow up with your customers and distributors. This is normally the place where people fall over, because this is the place that requires extra effort. You see getting a customer or a distributor, that is the easy part, the challenge is what you do with them once they are onboard.
A selfish person will not build a Reliv business long term and they will also not be able to retain a customer base long term.
People buy from people they genuinely like and feel that genuinely care about them. People also join people in business that they genuinely feel have got their best interests at heart and can take them where they want to go.
Love for either of those things will cause you to learn the necessary skills needed to delivery in both of those areas.
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