When you look at God’s love expressed in the Bible and what the Bible says about God’s love; you will notice that God’s love has dimensions “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” [1John 4:8]. Throughout the Bible we see God’s love expressed to people; mending the way of life for people to draw near to God. In the Old Testament God continually guides His people back unto Himself in diverse ways; yet His people continually fall short and fall away from God. In the beginning, we see that Adam and Eve through sin fell away from God’s love; they realize that they were naked and hid themselves from God. God asked Adam, who told you that you were naked [Gen.3:11]. Sin had separated us from God’s love; because till the sin of man, man stood in the presence of God without shame. The only thing man knew was the unfailing love of God. The knowledge of good and evil had driven away man from God; it has separated man from God’s love; and throughout the Old Testament we see that man starts seeking love elsewhere. But thank God for Jesus Christ, Who came and made a way for mankind to understand God’s love. Even though, we still see many believers today who does not understand God’s love, because they themselves love not. God’s love is revealed to us through the scripture of His Word; all we need is to study the Word of God to gain knowledge on God’s love – that way we will also walk in God’s love.
Jesus tells us something remarkable, yet we find ourselves so many times not walking in what Jesus had said. InJohn 14:15 it is written what Jesus said: ‘If you love me, do my commandments.’ This is further explained in 1 Cort.13:3-13 we see God’s love explained; which is far above the known love of mankind – “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [the word charity here translates love], it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity 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].”
Amazingly we see the dimensions of God’s love:
1] It profits not
2] Love is patient
3] It does not envy
4] Seek not its own way
5] It rejoice at the righteousness of others
6] It endures all things
7] It does not fail
God’s love profits not, yet we always want something in return for love. Mankind’s love seeks love; and when love is not returned unto the love we express, we stop loving and seek new love.
God’s love is patient; yet we can’t patiently await someone to love us. We always seek ways to make people love us. We either try and do things to be ‘in’, or we try and do things so others may love us for what we do and what we have.
God’s love does not envy, yet we wish that we can have what others have; our eyes is always on what others experience instead of experiencing through learning to give first.
God’s love seek not its own way; yet our love is conditional – we want to love on our terms; and when things don’t go our way, we pull back our love.
God’s love rejoices at success and righteousness; while our love becomes jealous at the success of others. When we see some people doing good, we sometimes say; it is too good to be true – always finding fault at the success and righteousness of others.
God’s love endures all things; but our love is subjected to the circumstances. When all goes well, we can love, but through trial and tribulation, we find it difficult to show love. When we are hurt by people, we withdraw ourselves to such an extent that we even stop worshipping God and start complaining to Him instead.
God’s love never fails; but yet through leading busy lifestyles, we find ourselves so caught up in what we doing that we can walk pass someone in need and not even notice them.
The biggest problem we have as Christians today is that we are conformed to this world. The Bible admonish us ‘…not to be conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God’ [Rom.12:2]. The Will of God is based on God’s love. God wants us to express His will; to prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. We ought to consciously work in proving our love to God. Let’s take a look at what John says about this: “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” [1John4:17]. Love has the ability to make us perfect; but how many of us fall short on this… Verse 19 of the same chapter says: ‘We love him, because he first loved us.’
We ought to learn to love God; come back to that first love we had when we came into Christ – “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” [Revelation 2:4-5]. There comes a time in every believer’s life that we fall short on our first love for God, we start drifting away and find silly excuses for not doing what we ought to do. We must often reflect on what we do and repent – turning back unto the Lord. We prove our love to God by doing what He asked us to do. Love is not expressed in words, but in action. This is what Jesus tells us to do: ‘If you love me keep my commandments’ – or like another version renders it: ‘If you love me, do my commandments’ [John 14:15]. Find out what God wants you to do and do it – it is that simple. Our struggles in life is many times due to the fact that we don’t do what the Lord had asked us to do.
The common commandment which many fails in is soul winning. We believe that there are certain people in the church responsible to win souls, but evangelism is a corporate call; no one is exempt from this. Over and above that, we see in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God has a plan for each one of our lives, and His plan is perfect. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” [Rom.8:28]. See it again; ‘…for good to them that love God…’ Verse 12 in Jeremiah 29 continues to say: “12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” Do you see this?
No matter your situation today; the dimensions of God’s love is key in getting you to high ground [a place of peace and safety]. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” [Gal.6:9].
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
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