Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love— and the greatest of these is love.- 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
It is listed as the first of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. It is called "Love". We are quick to say we have it, but do we? One of the major accusations the world brings against Christians is that we do not exhibit love. We are quick to deny that. Of course we have love... we just speak to people in that manner or treat them harshly or rudely because we are sharpening iron or we are called of God to speak the hard truth.
Does it ever occur to us that perhaps we should not be so quick to dismiss the charges against us? Maybe, just maybe we are guilty as charged. Perhaps we should get down off our pedestal where we have placed ourselves and actually listen for once; before God knocks that pedestal out from under us in a last ditch effort to save us from ourselves. Voluntarily getting down is a much better decision.
We can argue doctrine until we are blue in the face. We can claim to be a priest, pastor, prophet, preacher, teacher or any sort of other leader within the Body of Christ all we want but if we do not have love, we are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).
It goes just a bit further than that though.
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.- 1 John 4:7-8 (NLT)
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Do we get the full ramification of what this is saying? If we do not have love, we do not know God for God is love. It is impossible to have God dwell within us and not have love. We can try to wiggle around it all we want but there is no way to get around us. If God is love and love in not evident in our lives... we are not of God.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ! We focus on our "pet doctrines". We argue with one another about who is right, who loves God more, who has a greater position but... is the love of God evident in our lives? Perhaps we ourselves would say it is but let me ask you this. What if this question about you was put to your spouse, children, neighbor, fellow church members,co-worker, employer, the cashier at the grocery store, the clerk at the department store or the guy out on the street corner? Would they answer in the affirmative as well?
Once again I will ask this question to myself as well as those who are reading this blog. Do I have and demonstrate the love of God?
This is the word (1 John 3-5) i receive from God during my devotion awhile ago.
Your words help in strengthening my resolve to love in action and in truth.
But of course, apart from God we can do nothing.
May God's grace enable us to really love the people around us as much as we love ourselves.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Good subject K . Any love we have, comes from Him. The fullest revelation of love, with no comparison, is found through the cross.
We had a whole wing down, of a/c units, in one school. The problem was in central communications, regarding the fire alarm system. For days we had to bypass the system, so that a/c would work in that area. I found the problem, and it was finally fixed, so that the fire alarm system would still be in the command circuit.
The reason I bring that up is because other people claimed the credit for fixing it. It somewhat offends and hurts us when others take the credit for something they really did not do, or have. But, we do the same, in this regard, with God. Real, Godly love, is of and from God. Any godly love we have, at all, is only because He first loved us. Or holiness, and worthiness. I am nothing, without Him. Forgive LORD.
The fall really messed us up. Not a good theological and intelligent definition, but an accurate one, still. If God permits, maybe we can move on. There may be more that has to burn, in the fire, though. He knows. It ain't Gods nature, or fault, for sure. Thanks for the blog. Sobering. God Bless.
It depends. I struggle w/this too since some are easier than others to love!