Is it possible to love someone we really do not know? The answer is a resounding yes! As believers, the depth of our love-relationship with Jesus grants us the ability [by His Spirit] to love the good, the bad and the ugly (figuratively speaking). But how do we get to that level of loving someone we do not really know?
The answer comes when we begin to develope intimacy with God. When we learn God's character [love] by spending time with Him we begin to love others by His standards, not ours. Take for example your relationship with your spouse. Through courtship with one another there was a time of intentionally seeking out the other person -- by telephone, spending time alone with one another, learning about the other person's background, family and so forth. Well, it's no different with God and our relationship with Him.
He wants us to know Him intimately so that as we abide in Him, we can begin to extend the same love to others. It's contagious! ... and quite frankly, the most beautiful way to live as His children. Spending time in His Word, in prayer and in His Presence should be our daily routine and personal prerequisites -- make this your standard and watch what happens!
GBY! Barbara :)
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