THE LOVE OF GOD – 9-16-19
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
We serve a wonderful God whose love so overflowed the realms of Heaven that He sent His only Son to save humans from their plight. In turn, mankind rejected and crucified Jesus, as God knew they would. Yet God’s amazing love for mankind endured, and our Savior rose in triumph over the grave. Today the love of God is as strong as ever and is available to all people.
In a world of false love, Christians must be shining examples of God’s love. Where the world around us retaliates, we must turn the other cheek. Christ said, “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). These are nice words, but do they ring true in our lives? Do we practice what our Savior commanded? We must love not only those who love us but also those who hate us.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). These words clearly say that love is the identifying mark of Christianity. We claim to serve the God of love, and therefore we should mirror His attributes. But too often those who call themselves Christians show little evidence of love in their lives. In the midst of debating doctrine and discussing who is right or wrong, the defining virtue of love often slips out the door. These people are like singers who never sing of fishermen who forget to fish. Anyone who claims to follow Christ “ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked” (1 John 2:6). To walk as Christ walked is to walk in love.
By Dennis Walter
“This is my commandment. That ye love one another, as I have love you.” (John 15:12)
Read: 1 Cor. 13, John 15:9-17
1 Corinthians 13
13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body a]to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; 6 rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7 b]beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, c]darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known. 13 But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the d]greatest of these is love. American Standard Version (ASV)
9 Even as the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you: abide ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do the things which I command you. 15 No longer do I call you a]servants; for the b]servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye may love one another. American Standard Version (ASV)
The Love of God
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell
The guilty pair, bowed down with care
God gave His Son to win
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin
Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song
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