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Seek And Find Enjoyment In Other People
God Wants Us To Love One Another
Enjoying Other People Is A Big Part of Loving Them

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor - InternetChurchOfChrist.org
Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org

God Wants Us To Love One Another.

John 13:34 - A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 15:12 - This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Romans 13:8 - Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

1 Peter 1:22 - Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:23 - And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

1 John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1 John 4:12 - No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

2 John 1:5 - And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

Enjoying Other People Is A Big Part of Loving Them

The common experience of mankind is that if you enjoy someone, it is easy to love them; but if you do not enjoy them, then it is hard to love them. So we see that enjoying other people is a big part of loving them.

Therefore, if we want to love other people, it is very helpful -- maybe necessary -- for us first to be able to enjoy them. So we need to seek and find enjoyment in other people.

This is not really very difficult to do, once we start to think about it. Here's how . . .

How To Seek And Find Enjoyment In Other people

Here are four things to do, which will help you find enjoyment in other people . . .

1. First, set your mind on doing it. Recognize that God wants you to enjoy other people, not only because He wants you to be able to love them, but also because He loves you and wants you to have more enjoyment for yourself! So you have God's complete permission to enjoy other people, maybe far more than you ever imagined.

2. For every person you encounter, try to find at least one thing about them which you enjoy. Examples: beautiful face, sweet smile, pretty eyes, sweet voice, pleasant mannerisms, graceful movements, nice hair, intelligence, ability with words, ability to fix things, creative personality, good personality, comforting presence, generosity, ability to solve problems, personal leadership skills, good sense of style, attractive body parts, good attitude with children, helpful personality, good intentions, nice smell, attractive clothing, good attitude with other people, sincerity, honesty, etc. If you find more enjoyable things about them, go ahead and list them in your mind.

3. For each thing you enjoy about that person (above), please think of a complete sentence which expresses your thought. For instance, "I enjoy watching her smile," or "I enjoy the pleasing sound of his voice." Then say that sentence out loud, to yourself. Or better yet, tell it to someone else.

4. If there are things you do not enjoy about that person, do not express those thoughts in words, because that would make you think about them even more. But instead, think to yourself, "Maybe they can't help it," or "Maybe they have their own good reasons for being that way," or "Maybe they don't realize what they are doing." In other words, give them a good excuse for whatever it is that you do not enjoy.

If you will do these things, you will be well on your way to developing your love for others, as well as increasing your own personal enjoyment in your life.


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       Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - LoveAllPeople.org

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