Overseer of God’s Remnant Assembly Akintayo Emmanuel Shares Advice on How to be More Loving
More than 50 years ago, the Beatles entered pop music lore by crooning over and over again that “all you need is love.” However, while this lyric certainly made for a popular hit, it obscured a deeper and more eternal truth: to experience more love, we first need to be more loving.
“So many people keep waiting for others to love them more,” commented Dr. Akintayo Emmanuel, the Overseer of God’s Remnant Assembly. “But life is like a mirror that reflects our attitudes and actions. If we want more love in our life, then we must take the first step and be more loving.”
Admittedly, taking this first step can is often much easier said than done. For example, if we have a difficult family member, an unfriendly boss, or a hostile neighbor, then showering them with love can feel next-to-impossible. But the good news is that the Bible overflows with advice on how to be more loving. While there is insight and guidance in virtually every Biblical Chapter, according to Dr. Akintayo Emmanuel three passages in particular point the way forward: 1 John 4:8; Ephesians 4:32; and 1 Corinthians 13:3.
1 John 4:8: “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Commented Dr. Akintayo Emmanuel, who in addition his work with God’s Remnant Assembly also serves as President of G42-Global Reformers, The Bridge, and GRA Mission Squad: “The most fundamental thing to understand is that just as God is always within us, love is always within us. It is inexhaustible. We do not need to find love and then share it. Rather, we need to get out of the way so that the eternal storehouse of love can flow out in every direction. The more aware and sensitive we become to this experience, the more we know God.”
Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
“It is easy to love those who we like, and who support our beliefs and opinions. However, we cannot discriminate when it comes to sharing our love. Just as the sun shines brightly on the virtuous and sinful alike, we must love all — even if we are obligated to disagree with them or condemn their actions. We must be motivated by love, not hate or fear.”
1 Corinthians 13:3: “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
Dr. Akintayo Emmanuel, who is also the founder of the Family Development and Samaritan Foundation (FDSF), a holistic humanitarian and philanthropic organization that is a member of the United Nations (ECOSOC) claims that “Many people are outwardly very charitable and generous. However, what matters most is whether they truly love others in their heart. That is the defining characteristic of their efforts. And naturally, a loving person is going to be compassionate and giving and be a blessing in this world.”