THE LOVE OF GOD – TRUE LOVE
From Sam-Best Ewruje, an able minister of the New Testament, not of man nor by man, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but by the will of God through the Grace and Mercy of Christ given unto me. Abundance of Grace and Gift of righteousness by Grace be unto you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please be patient to read. It will set you free for life!
Last week we talked about the unconditional love of God. We said that the Love of God is not like the fleeting emotions that come and go. It is not from the blues like the popular ‘love at first sight’. God’s love is not something you fall in and out of. God’s Love on humanity began before we were ever born. The Bible says that before the foundation of the world, he loved us and the Love Lamb was slain. Due to these emotional equations of God’s Love, we can appraise ourselves in that way. We equate the Love of God to this ‘kiss, hug and make up’ mentality. I can’t remember when Jesus came down from the cross of God’s Love to hug those who nailed Him to the Cross. So if someone does not smile at you one day, you feel unloved. For instance when some get angry at you, automatically you think God is angry with you like a man. Let your heart and mind be set free. God is not like your father or mother or sister or your brother or your wife or your husband. He is God!!! Jesus Christ has satisfied all the requirement for God to bless you. Indeed God says when your mother and your father forsake you then the Lord will take you up.
The Love of God is an intense Love born out God’s personal quality decision He made by Himself so He can save humanity despite the fact that it cost Him everything and had to look on while His Son was being murdered. At a point He could not bear it and had to look away for a moment because Jesus was marred beyond recognition carrying our sin and incurring the wrath of God for a moment. That is INTENSE LOVE!!
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
So let us look at God’s Love in the popular Love Scripture 1 Corinthians 13. We looked at the first 3 verses last week and we concluded that the Love of God has nothing to do with your gifts, or giving and what you do or did not do. It has everything to do with what God has done through His Son Jesus Christ. Now let us look at what the Love of God is. Note that that chapter of the Bible talks about Charity but we have translated it to mean Love.
1 Corinthians 13
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.
Now just look at those scripture about Charity or love as we have translated it to be. Paul wrote by the Spirit and I am not sure why he would say love somewhere and charity in other places and indeed a whole chapter. Are they actually the same thing? I can’t say now until the Lord opens my eyes to it. However the much I can say now until the Lord reveals it to me is that when you look at this scripture about charity, we might as well say Lord open the ground and let it swallow me!! I am not sure whether you feel the same. It will be like keeping the law all over again. I am sure before the close of day you would have missed it more than a million times.
Charity or Love is the work of God in us. It is not something you achieve or earn or even attain to. What I can understand from this is that we can never grasp the full love of God. Love is God and God is Love. So God’s love is the person of Jesus Christ who is the epitome of God’s Love. The more you fellowship with Him, the more His Love fills you or rather the more you become like Him. The more you get close to Him the more you like what He likes. You begin to hate what he hates eg hypocrisy, deceit, lies etc. People who say and they don’t do. Two faced people, they say one thing in your front and they say all the nasty things about you after. The funniest thing is that they think God does not see them. They pretend with their anger and bottle it up. They do not show their true colour. They speak quietly and whisper like the devil. You see them so holy as if they don’t hurt a fly until they let it out one day. Meanwhile they will be laughing at those who probably explode and show the anger when it is necessary. Yet they are stewing inside thinking they are showing the love of God or being holier than thou. We all have different personalities and the Lord wants to use your personality. You may be one that calls down fire like Elijah or you may be one that is so meek like Moses that the Lord had to fight for by Himself against Aaron and Mariam. You may even be like Gideon the hiding one. You can be like Samson that at the drop of a hat will run wild at a lion. You can even be like Peter so loud mouthed he always shoots himself in the foot. Before Jesus finishes speaking or doing anything he finishes the sentence for Jesus or want to walk on water like Jesus. You may be like Dr Luke who takes in every detail and wrote the longest books of the Gospel and also Acts. You may be like Paul the violent and blasphemous agile and very mobile man going from place to place breathing fire. You can’t mention all of them. Finally you may be like John the beloved who was always leaning on the bosom of Jesus, and would not die when they fried him in oil up and eventually he was marooned in the Isle of Patmos where he received one of the greatest Revelation. I am sure he was the one that Paul described that went to the third heaven.
Now I can understand that the Love of God is dimensionless so He can accommodate all people of the world. However they don’t want to receive Him and know Him.
As the song goes “I see your true colour shining through, that’s why I love you so don’t be afraid to show your true colour”. The very thing men see as your weakness, that is what God the Sovereign one will use as your strength. A prophet just wants to say “thus said the Lord” and so be it whether you like it or not. An evangelist or apostle just want to see people added into the Kingdom of God even if he is in the desert wearing camels clothes or in the palace preaching to the likes of Agrippa or Caesar. A Pastor just wants to see people looked after and finding their destiny in Christ. We can never know all but we can experience ALL OF HIM!! Just let Him. When the perfect comes, the imperfect has to leave. God is perfect in His Love. He never changes. When you know that the Love of Christ passes your carnal knowledge, you will be filled with His love and all you do is walk in it by faith believing He is there with you to help you work it out.
Remember the Love of God is not just about ‘feely, feely touchy touchy’ stuff. It is a serious matter. It is an uphill task to the flesh. It is about laying down your life. It is ETERNAL! Strive to know that love. Paul says follow after it. It is the greatest.
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Nevertheless, note that this Love has been given to us and will be in us until we die or until Christ comes. Nothing can separate us from this love of God. Not even death. Wow! You have it because of Jesus.
Halleluya. How can you neglect so great a salvation! If you are not saved, why don’t you receive what Jesus says.
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