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Recently, I've been thinking about God's love for us, and love/compassion in general. I mean, if you look at any other belief or religion or anything... nothing is close to God's love for humanity. (John 3:16) Jesus DIED for us, so that we could have everlasting life. He was crucified upon the cross, because He loved us so much. And through that love and commitment to us, we can begin to understand what love really is. Not only that, but He wants us to show that love and compassion to everyone, so that they can see His love for them through us. (John 13:34-35) So then, we come to the issue of what happens when things aren't going well. I know that we have bad days; I've experienced many of my own. But if you give that trial or tribulation or whatever it is you're dealing with to the Lord, He will help you through it and give you the strength to get past it. So then, when you've experience that love and help from Him, you gain patience and hope. (Romans 5:2-5) And when you have these experiences, do you ever go to someone else, maybe someone who is struggling with what you dealt with, and share your experience with them? In sharing your walk, and really connecting with that person, you're giving them a part of you. This trusting, loving, compassionate action is what brings us together as Christians in many cases. That interaction is literally called by Christ, in the Great Commission. He calls us as to make disciples. (Matthew 28:16-20) Making disciples is important, especially in the Church. Just like the story of Paul and Timothy, whom he discipled from a young age. This lengthened discipleship gave Timothy the tools and knowledge he needed for many situations, and since Paul was the one discipling him, Timothy became great in his faith and began making his own disciples. And that's what happens when we disciple others: They are strengthened and lifted up, so that they can get through their own trials and tribulations. Then, they share that story with another person, discipling them. So the result of discipleship is multiplication. That show of faith, that connection with the person you discipled is passed along, giving many people the tools they need to get through these situations. And that's just one example of how God's love works through us. So there are also, and I've experienced this heavily, earthly needs for love. We become lonely and need connection, and that desire and need can be twisted in many ways by the devil. I'm not saying that earthly love is bad- God made us able to love and wants us to love each other. He instituted marriage and other things for us to be able to fulfill those desires and needs for earthly love and attention. But in many cases, especially if we don't know Jesus or are not strong in our faith, we as people who are looking for Love begin to look in other places. So when that happens, we take our desire for love and attention from God, and begin to desperately cling to earthly affections. So, instead of turning away and going down the fleshly, carnal path of need, we should turn our attentions to God and open ourselves to Him. For only Jesus can truly and completely Love us: anything on this earth is temporary, at least for now, even love. But God is eternal, and He can and will love us unconditionally even when everyone else may not. So when you feel like no one loves you, or when you have that need to be loved or love someone... look to God, because he can fulfill your needs beyond anything that this world can give. Matthew 22:36-40 Romans 5:2-5, 5:8 Galatians 2:20 Ephesians 2:4-5 1 John 3:1, 4:7-11 Zephaniah 3:17 Psalm 86:15 Proverbs 8:17 Colossians 2:6-7 Hebrews 11