Saturday, May 18, 2013

Love Never Fails


"Love never fails"  I Corinthians 13:8

Love is the greatest gift.  Jesus came to demonstrate love.  He gave up his life so that we may have eternal life.  He made a way for us to be reconciled back to God.  He died for our sins and took our place.  Jesus said when asked "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"  He replied "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself."  He then goes on to say that "All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

1 John 1:4-7 tells us "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves have been born of God and knows God."  If we know who God is, our love language would then become more like his.  We would begin to do as he did.  We would be willing to pick up our cross and follow him daily and to love others.  Loving others is not only caring for them, encouraging them and blessing them, but it also consists of disciplining and correcting them if needed.  God disciplines those whom he loves.  He does it ever so gently. The example is this, if you see your brother getting ready to jump off a cliff that would lead to sudden death, would you stop him?  Of course.  This is what we do when we see our brothers or sisters being led astray by  deception or in sin.  When we come to them and show them their error, we too are showing love.  However, keep in mind we have to also remain humble, gentle and kind.

It is the love of God that calls us to him.  God demonstrated his love by sending his only Son as an atoning sacrifice for us.  He gave his most precious gift of all.  He was willing to give it all for us so that we may be able to walk according to his will and way.  He came to give us not only salvation, but the promised gift and seal of eternal life, the Holy Spirit whom is part of Himself, the Trinity.

When we see his goodness and taste his glory, we can only love others.  We begin to walk around with an awareness.  We begin to see those lost in need of a Savior and we see those who are saved, our brothers and sisters who have been led astray.  We desire to bring into the sheepfold by love by doing as Jesus did himself.  We share the good news of the gospel and being an example of humility.  Love does conquer all.  It never fails, for God is love.




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