Love stops . . .

Love builds people up by stopping the inner thoughts, feelings, and desires that tear them down. If you want to stop the negative and tormenting things that are operating within you, follow the way of love. Never stop inwardly stopping the things that love stops!

Love stops evil. When love stops stopping, the things that love stops, stop being stopped. Love doesn’t win by competition, coercion, or compulsion but by caring, compassion, and commitment.

Love stops anger, resentment, and bitterness. Love stops self-focused desires, impatience, and unkindness. Love stops ego, self-seeking, and pride.

Love stops the delight in wrongdoing and ends the pleasure of sin. Love stops lying, dishonesty, and deception. Love stops discouragement, despair, and hopelessness.

Love stops worry, fear, and tormenting thoughts. Love stops enslaving desires, cravings, and addictions. Love stops apathy, spiritual passivity, and hard-heartedness.

Love stops boasting, envy, and jealousy. Love stops rudeness, insults, and bullying. Love stops recklessness, mistrust, and giving in to wrongdoing. Love stops the approval of wrongdoing and the disobedience of the conscience.

Love received and nurtured never fails to stop the self-destruction in a human heart. Instead, we humans let our pride and self-will cause us to reject and give up on love. It’s no excuse to say that you aren’t loved. Even in the darkest places someone will show you kindness and compassion. And no matter where you are God’s love is knocking on your heart’s door.

Focus on love until it comes clearly into the view of your heart:

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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