Many people fail in the principle of love today – in marriage, relationships, sonships, friendships, etc.. Jesus revealed this about love: ‘If you love me, do my commandments’ (John 14:15). Love isn’t merely an emotion, it is a verb – something which must be done to be shown. You can’t show love through simply saying it, you need to show and express love.
The Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation demonstrates God’s great love towards the people of this world. Although the world has turned against God, rejected Him, and even mocking Him; He continuously reaches out with love to people who completely rejects Him. Where there is no unconditional love, there is only love for material things – spiritual love is deep; unlike the corrupted love this world demonstrates which is always seeking return and rewards. Spiritual love seeks no reward, it love’s unconditioanlly. We can somewhat start to understand this amazing love of God when we study into the portion of scripture found in 1Cortians 13, from verse 4….
“Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity (love) envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love).”
[I like the way the KJV use the word charity for love, because if you have to give yourself to charity, you rendering a service without seeking any reward.]
We see the greatest love story unroll right in front of our own eyes as we see to what extent God goes in reaching out to the world with love. From the old testament, God sent His prophets and priest to His people, to the new testament where God the Father sends God His Son into this world so this world might be saved against their own ignorance. Today, after all God has done, He still sends people into the world to tell the world about His unconditional love. Through all time, God had sent His Word (Who is Jesus as seen in John 1:1-3 & 14); and God says of His Word that He will send it out and it will produce fruit after that which He sends it unto, surely producing results, not returning void (Isa.55:11).
The problem with today’s Christians is that we ourselves haven’t discovered God’s love, so we can’t express God’s love to our world. The very substance we are made of isn’t bodily shown through us, for the Word says that God is Love (1John4:8), God is His Word (John1:14), and we are born of the Word (1Peter1:23), therefore we are fashioned out of love. If the world looks at us and can’t see something different in us than what they see in themselves; how would they then believe. Will not their blood then be on our hands?
The first love:
As Jesus said: ‘If you love me, do my commandments’ (John14:15). The first commandment Jesus gave His disciples is: Feed my sheep (John21:17). If you love the Lord, you will feed His sheep. The second commandment was: Go… (Matt.28:19-20). Go into the world and make disciples…
However, pay close attention; Jesus loves us so much that He made sure He equips us for what He had called us to do – He 1st gave us His Spirit (John14:26), then also authority (Luke10:19 / 2Cort.5:17), and lastly He dressed us with signs and wonders (Mark16:17-18).
Loving others in the midst of wickedness:
The entertainment world these days are allowing so much of ungodly materials to be aired; and at the end, it all boils down to the greed of money. I like to have a good laugh every now and again just by sitting a few moments and listening to comedy. However, comedians lately have sold out to the evil devices of the devil; mocking the church, Christianity, Jesus, and God Himself. In general, we hear people from all walks of life using the name of God in vain. Even so, God still reaches out to these people, He still loves them. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for only a selected few; He died over 2’000 years ago in advance of the sins of all people. Now if Jesus had died for those who are mocking Him and using the name of God in vain; is it right then for us to condemn them?
Is it not Jesus Who said to the crowd concerning the stoning attempt of the prostitute, you who not done any wrong cast your stone first (John8:7). You see, in the sight of the Lord sin is sin. You could be telling a small little lie, murder someone, be a prostitute, mocking Him, or even using His name in vain – the least of these are equal to the greatest of these; sin is sin; but God’s love offers forgiveness. When we judge these people and condemn them for their ignorance; are we not sinning – which is equal to their wrongs, for sin is sin, big or small. Because someone else sin different then you don’t make their sins more wrong… You can hate what people do and say, but don’t ever hate the person.
If Jesus could die on the cross for all people, who are we to hate even one soul. Yes, people say out of ignorance that only Jesus was perfect, no other man – that’s fair; however, Jesus also demonstrated in the same human body you are dressed with today, that you can love all. In the end, the choice is yours to love or hate. Love is the greatest force in the world; for with love Jesus had defeated death and rose up again. Through love you’ve been saved, even you didn’t deserve it. Three things will last forever; Faith, Hope, and Love – and of all these, the greatest is LOVE (1Cort.13:13). Make up your mind today to show love to everyone who crosses your path today – no matter what they’ve done yesterday or even today, no matter what they do or say to you or about you, no matter how they look or smell; the expression of love overcomes all things. This is the principle of love: ‘If you love me, do my commandments’ (John14:15). The golden rule of Christianity is marked to be love: Love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matt.22:39). Your neighbor isn’t only those who physically live around you, it is the person next to you at the shop counter, the person next to you at work, the person next to you cursing you, be it in the street, at school, at work, or wherever – that’s your neighbor; and God said love them! At any given time, those around you are your neighbors.
You should never hate anyone, irrespective of their wrongs. Irrespective what we all have done, God still loves every person the same – but in the end, all that will separate us from the world is repentance. It is poison to the soul to hate someone…
Cultivated by love:
You must be cultivated by love in every area of your life. Love will always compel you to do what you generally wouldn’t like to do; it keeps you at a place of moving – never being comfortable at where you at – love is a progressor.
Taking a look at the meaning of cultivate:
It’s a verb:
…to prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening.
..to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill).
Understand that prayer alone isn’t enough to express your love. Also, prayer is a divine communication between the simple and Divinity, it’s not about you asking God for things, but also asking God on behalf of others, fellowshipping with the Father, worshipping the Father, and pouring out your heart to the Father. But there is more: you can’t only pray and think all is good. You got to go beyond…
You got to open your bible and read
You got to study the scripture
You got to meditate on the Word
You got to make it part of who you are
….then after all this; the answer to all your prayers is in the application of the Word of God – you got to do it!
Without the Word you can’t pray the right prayer; because you will be asking for all the wrong things, or you will be asking selfish things…
Cultivate the Word; for the Word declares that God is revealed through His Word (John 1:1); and it also declares that God is love (1John4:8). You simply cannot apply love in your life if you don’t cultivate it from the Source, which is God (the Word). God expresses His character to us through His Word; and from Genesis to Revelation, love is expressed – so start getting a hold of love, for you are the reflection of the Word (James1:23). When we look into the Word (God’s mirror), then we should see ourselves, which is the expression of God’s love.
The very principle of love is wrapped up in the Word. It is evident when looking at the church today that many don’t open their bibles no more. Everything was formed by the Word; and everything which entered this world came from the Word. Therefore, get a hold of the Word, study the Word, express the Word, stick to the Word – and if you stick to the Word, you will surely come back with a testimony.
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