'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
10/11/2020 0 Comments
My friends, let's continue this afternoon on our topic of great important, 'love', 'true love'.
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We are asked to "make love our greatest aim," (1 Corinthians 14:1 (Living Bible)) to "be rooted and grounded in love." (Ephesians. 3:17) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
These laws about 'love' are so important that the Lord said they should be in your 'heart'. 'You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 6:6,7) "Let all that you do be done with love."
(1 Corinthians 16:14)audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Love that fulfills the law is 'agape love'. [John 3:15-16; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5] This love is not based on emotions, but an act of the will. It is self-sacrificing, deliberate, active love. To love someone with God’s love is to promote that person’s best interests—to actively work not to harm but to bring good to that person. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Power Against Evil
There are some very good reasons why we are directed to have 'love' above everything else. One reason is that love has power over evil. Paul wrote, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
(Romans 12:21) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
A person who genuinely loves God and his neighbor will want to overcome any evil in himself that is against God or hurts the neighbor. For example, "love does not envy, does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not think evil, does not rejoice in injustice."
(1 Corinthians 13:4-6)audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Since love is opposed to doing evil, it fulfills all the laws against evil. "Owe no one anything but to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law; and for this, `You shall not commit adultery,' `You shall not murder,' `You shall not steal,' `You shall not bear false witness,' `You shall not covet,' or if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, namely, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."
(Exodus 20:2–17 and Deuteronomy 5:6–17; Romans 13:8-10) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Since love leads us to turn from evil, it also brings forgiveness. Jesus once said of a woman that "her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much." (Luke 7:47) He also said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Love also brings patience. "Love suffers long...bears all thing...endures all things. Love never fails."
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8) Jacob loved Rachel very much, and was willing to labor for her father seven years in order to win her hand in marriage. "So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed but a few days to him because of the love he had for her." (Genesis 29: 20) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Born Again by Love
Another reason why love comes above all else is that it is through love that a person is - 'born again'. Peter described the process of rebirth as "purifying your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit in sincere love of the brethren." (1 Peter 1:22) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
John put it more simply: "Everyone who loves is born of God." (1 John 4:7) You see, 'God is love'. (1 John 4:8, 16] If we are His children, by faith in Jesus Christ, then, our 'likeness of God' reflects Our Heavenly Father, 'who is love.!'
We pass from death to life when we love others. (1 John 3:14)audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The reason we become born again when we love others, is that then we become like God. Jesus asked us to love others as He has loved us. (John 13:34, 15:12) When we have His kind of love for all people, we become reborn as His children. (Matthew 5:43, Luke 6:35) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Take your time. On our next post, around October 25, 2020, let's see how we, who say we are 'Christian' either confirms or denies this truth, based on - whether or not - 'we love', or 'hate'. We shall be known by - our fruit. [Matthew 7:16-20; 12:33; 2 Peter 2:10-18] Amen. Amen. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Search us, Oh God, and renew the right spirit and fruit within us, in Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen. Amen.
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