Horizontal Love

10 Jun

Recently we shared ideas on vertical love. Now let us consider a side-by-side sort of love–horizontal love.

To be honest, when I first embarked on the terms of vertical and horizontal love, I thought I had invented the ideas and terminology, but after some dallying around in the company of a search engine, I see both are “concepts” with different views shared about each. For our devotion time today, I want you to think about Vertical Love being a God to us and vice versa type of love, and let’s think of Horizontal Love as the love we offer our loved ones, companions, acquaintances and those around us.

Some may feel troubled by horizontal love. Let’s not confuse the words LIKE and LOVE. God calls us to love one another even if we do not like one another. I can love you even if we don’t have things in common, see the world in similar fashion nor have feelings of likeability between us. Despite our differences, we are called to love.

“A positive attitude from you tends to produce a positive attitude toward you.”
― Deborah Day

“No human being should be maltreated under any circumstances. We are all wonderful creations of God. May we affectionately love one another.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“I Loved One, Not Many ; Many Loved It, Not One”
― Syed Sharukh

Those secular quotes show us the value of loving each other. God’s word has influence as well.

Philippians 2:3

 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

John 13:34

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

1 John 4:7-8

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Wow! The secular world asks us to love each other as does God.

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