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Sun, Aug 23 2015 - 07:02 AM

LOVE DOES



 

THE GOOD REPORT  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Richard L. Deemy:  Editor

 

LOVE DOES

 

1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

I consider LOVE (AGAPE),  to be the greatest gift of all.  It is not one dimensional, it is multi-faceted; like a diamond.  Every which way you turn it you see a new brilliance flashing from it.  The world’s view of love is entirely too restrictive and one dimensional.  The love the world knows is more self-centered and self seeking.  The God kind of love is a self sacrificing love demonstrated by action from the one who loves to the one receiving the love.

 

God is the divine essence of LOVE, the purest source of true love.  Jesus Christ is the face of love expressed in self sacrificing compassion.  The Holy Spirit is the hands and feet of love reaching out to those in need and tenderly, patiently ministering to them, as directed by the Heavenly Father through the heart of Jesus.

 

When we become “born again” we take on those holy attributes and become the voice, the hands and the feet of Jesus as we minister under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the divine initiative.

 

The love of God in us guided by Divine Inspiration gives us our assignments.  Out of our love for God, and in obedience to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we willing and expediently carry out those instructions with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.  We not only receive our instructions through Him, we also are equipped and empowered by Him to enable us to carry out what to us would otherwise be impossible.

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 

We need to remind ourselves often concerning the nature of God and His personality.  Through His Holy Spirit, he has implanted His nature in us when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 

 

Please read this definition slowly and carefully, as it describes the very essence of God.   This is how God treats us.  This is how we should treat God.  This is how we should treat others.  If this were not the nature and essence of God we would be toast!

 

1 John 4:7-11 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

 

Notice in this passage that God took the first step.  He was the LOVE AGGRESSOR!  True love always takes the first step.  If it did not, then we would never forgive, we would never reach out to the unlovely and unloving.  We would never allow compassion to inspire us to do good to others.  Love is the only long term way to turn an enemy into a friend. 

 

Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. 

 

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, forgive me for not acting like You.  Help me to love others as you love me.  Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.  I have no excuse for not serving You with my whole heart.  Amen!

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praizeop2 - 3 years ago

You are a great example of His love. I want to be like you when I grow up! :) Blessings ~ Sarah