This is a continuation off of yesterday’s blog, “Throwing Away Love” that still sets the scene for the entire series. If you’d like to get these directly to your inbox, please subscribe to this blog and it shall be done! Though I will not be going into the specifics of love yet, I will be going over the reality that we must throw away the love that we know or have learned from the world, and redefine it according to God’s Word and promises.
John 3.16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Yes, we have heard it before. Yes, we may have memorized it; but believe it. Christ does not love us because we may be smart or gifted in sports, or because we may obey Him perfectly on the outside.
God loves us while we were His enemies with a radical and impossible love. Romans 5.8-10, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have not been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”
We see through this verse, as well as John 13.1, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” A more literal translation of Christ says that “he loved them to perfection or completion.” Jesus loved to the fullest degree or measure, he loved to the limits of love for us. Truly there is nothing greater.
And love is such an absolute for Christians; it is not a choice. John 13.34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 15.9, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” Jesus left no doubt—agape love, self-sacrificing love—is the supreme mark of discipleship to him. He both taught it, and demonstrated it on the cross.
What is more, Romans 13.8-9 states, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘you shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not murder, you shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
To not love means we are being disobedient to the Lord. To love, then, is to have the root behind all obedience. Loving is not optional, and nothing can substitute it. Just because we may know all the bible, just because we may know every worship song and every songwriter or have memorized a thousand scriptures means nothing; if we don’t love, we are nothing.
What is more, we do not have an excuse that says, “its impossible to love that person, they have hurt me too deeply,” because of Romans 5.5, “because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
We do not have to create love, we simply have to share it
We do not have to learn it from any person either.
Just because our parents may not have loved us or our friends may not have loved us well, it is God who teaches us as 1 Thessalonians 4.9 states. We are told to pursue love in 1 Corinthians 14.1
To put on love in Colossians 3.14
To increase and abound in love in both 1 Thessalonians 3.12 and Philippians 1.9
To be sincere in love in 2 Corinthians 8.8
To be unified in love in Philippians 2.2
To be fervent in love in 1 Peter 4.8
And to stir one another to love in Hebrews 10.24
1 Corinthians 13.1-3, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
For the next part in the series, I will begin talking about the specifics of life and the pitfalls of performing actions without love; only damage can ensue. Blessings and see you on here tomorrow!