Eight Habits of Love.

According to Ed Bacon (2012), genuine love should be nurtured by consciously developing eight habits. When you are planning a new years’ resolution, you may like to aim for some of these habits in 2014. The first three habits we can work quietly on when we are alone:

Stillness, Truth Forgiveness

Stillness:

Has your life become clouded and murky like a puddle? Each person finds a different way to find stillness- for some this is physical exercise; some find stillness being with nature; some find stillness sitting with peaceful music. Whatever method you choose, allow time for the sediment in your spirit to sink to the bottom, settling your spirit, clearing it like a mirror and allowing the likeness of Jesus to be reflected.

Truth:

Each of us finds our own way to feel fulfilled and function as part of the community. We should find what is true for us, and allow others to find what is true for them without trying to make them the same as us. That shows a truly loving attitude. (1 Corinthians 7:7).

Forgiveness

You are well aware of how important that is. (Hebrews 10:25)

The following five habits of love we practise in our daily mingling with the human race.

Community

Make sure you have a supportive community around yourself. This is where our local church comes in. (Hebrews 10:25.)

Candour

Being candid or honest. There may be a glaring truth which your fellow human really needs to be told about. (Matthew 18:15)

Play

Sometimes we need to be light-hearted and playful. Do you remember a time when you were habitually playful? (Proverbs 17:22)