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“The essence of any great relationship is love,” once said Phil Pringle. The secret of great leaders is not found only in their ability to lead, organise or manage, but in their love for people. However, making connections or loving people does not usually come easily, especially for some of us who have task oriented – personalities. We must work at it because love is usually a decision of commitment more than just a spontaneous feeling. If we fail to possess genuine love for people, no matter how skilled we might be in other issues, we will sound like a clanging cymbal in their ears. ‘‘Living successfully with other people always begins and ends with love’’, said Pringle. We are all created with the capacity to love. Love should be the motivating factor in everything we do or say.


Actually without love, the most magnificent manifestation of gifts and the most heroic self-sacrifice amount to nothing. The love of people should be our great motivator. Love is the defining characteristic of a great nation. When we cultivate an atmosphere of love in our homes and at our workplaces, the results will be high performance for the children at school and employees at their workplaces.


Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, says; “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, it always perseveres. Love never fails.” Love conquers all. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who is considered the first distinctively American author to influence European thought, said; “Every man is my superior in some way; in that, I can learn from him.”


When we learn to walk in love, we can learn from everybody, and develop the capacity to listen when others speak.  Love helps us walk in the boundaries where we can still receive correction when we miss it. Walking in love helps us to unpack our emotional baggage and forgive those who have offended us. To forgive is a choice we make in obedience to God’s word. Let love come alive in our homes, communities, workplaces and in our individual lives. Genuine quality love is the basis of all relationships and what makes the miracle of national unity possible.   

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