Topic:   love   

Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 17, 2015

We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)

Last week we celebrated love! Valentine’s Day is great, you get to eat candy, maybe a nice steak and you get brownie points for it! Seriously, brownie points for eating steak and candy! Does it get any better?

Now how much time and effort do we put into loving the One that taught us to love? Do we show His love to others all year round?

God created us so he could love us. He spoke us into existence and we quickly learned how to disappoint Him. God could have cleaned the slate and started from scratch, instead He died on a cross for us knowing He had to save us from ourselves.

Now let’s compare this to ourselves…..

When we love someone and trouble hits, do we put everything we have into trying to make it better? When God fixes something it is better than it was before and we become better through trials. Or, do we give up and try over with someone else? I guarantee we will not grow stronger every time we give up. It happens a lot in our world.

Now what about loving our family members, especially someone who hurt you or upset you? How about a brother or sister in Christ who has offended you? How do we deal with all of these situations?

Going back to my last entry on being a “Real Husband”, we should always go to scripture when it comes to these things.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (ICorinthians 13:4-8a NKJV)

My old King James’ Version Bible uses the word, “Charity,” for the word, “love,“ in this chapter. Charity is a selfless giving over of one’s self so it fits quite well.

We as Christians have a responsibility to reflect the love of Christ in all we do!

We read in scripture:

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (1 John 4:20 KJV)

Reality check time: What does God have to say about liars? Thou shalt not bear false witness (LIE) against thy neighbour. (Exodus 20:16 KJV) Love does not lie!

For the record: If you live on God’s Earth, everyone is your neighbour! I know we are not under the law. However, the law points us to Christ and helps us recognize the sin in our lives. (if you want more great teaching on the 10 commandments listen to Brad’s series posted on our ALBC website)

I know more than most how hard it is to love and forgive, especially those that dislike or oppose you. IT DOESN’T MATTER! We have been called to Love God and our neighbour (everyone). What did Jesus say is the greatest commandment?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:37-39 KJV) What does Jesus say about the commandments?

If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV) Love is obedient.

You see, we don’t know how to truly love in any capacity without God. If we commit ourselves to love Him with all of our heart, mind, and strength our hearts will change so drastically that we will love each other so completely that people will see that little light of ours and will desire to know more.

Will you this day commit to love your enemies enough to save them from judgment and eternal damnation? Jesus does! But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44 KJV)

Because once that light shines you have to step forward in faith. You may still be rejected or hated, but that is okay. The world doesn’t know any better. Remember, our responsibility is to share the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST in Truth and Love. His job is to make the change in their hearts. Just like he did in ours!
Remember the words of DC Talk, “Luv is a verb!” Act on it, live it and embrace it!