Life Lessons on Love

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I love the topic of love. Growing up, I was around loving parents who just so happened to be considered by many to be the “Love specialist,” Mack and Brenda Timberlake. Today, I’m honored to share with you life lessons they taught me about love.

1) There is a strong need in us all to feel loved and not feel used.

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.

To give up yourself for others

Seems like such a tough thing to do;

But that’s how you can know for sure

That God’s love is working through you.

(Branon)

2) Love is a seed that must be sown in order to walk through various doors of favor.

1 John 3:16 says,

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for our brethren.

What you give to another person is really what you give to yourself. When you treat others with love, you activate the harvest of love to manifest in your life. We should never expect to receive something, that we are not first willing to sow.

3) Character must be more desirable than charisma.

This is another one that sticks out to me. It’s wisdom my parents gave me pertaining looking for love

A good name is better than precious ointment: and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)

Oftentimes when you ask your friends or family members what they look for in a love interest, the list looks a little something like this.

He has to be at least six feet.

Her hair needs to be this long.

It would be perfect if he had ‘good hair.’

She wifey if she got light eyes.

…And so forth and so on.

But very few times do we find anything on the list that has to do with godly character. When looking for the “perfect one,” don’t cut corners on character because he or she fits the physical attributes of what you once wrote on a napkin. The motto I hold true to, even till this day is,

I’d rather be single, than settle.

4) We can’t fully appreciate and value anything in life until we discover God’s purpose for its function.

Today, take a moment to reflect and value God’s unconditional love for you. Then purpose to sow that love into the lives of others around you. You can’t go wrong when you walk in love!

Tim Timberlake is the Co-Pastor of Christian Faith Center in Creedmoor, North Carolina. He is a gifted communicator and teacher, and has the ability to minister to people
of all cultures and generations through his in-depth Bible teaching, sense of humor, and most importantly, the leading of the Holy Spirit. God has given him a vision and a heart for helping people meet Jesus and each week, he teaches the Word in a format for people to apply it in their daily lives. Tim is a graduate of the Pistis school of Ministry in Detroit, Michigan. He is an avid sports fan and a popular thought leader.

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