Love

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Love

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Love is the greatest gift God gave to man. Everything starts and ends with love. “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Everything originated from love. The very nature of God is love. The fruit of the Spirit begins with love. Love is of God. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” 1 John 4:8. Everything that God does flows from and through His divine love. He loves us not because we deserve it, but because it is His nature to love. We were created in the image of God, and we too desire to love. No marriage, family, or friendship can thrive without it. Our love will be tested, and love has been tested from the beginning of time. I am honored to tell you that love has always passed every test. Love will always win. It stands the test of time in season and out of season. 

So Then, What Is “Love”?

The love referred to here is not romantic love, which, of course, has its place, but is too overrated. Instead, it is a superior form of love that causes a person to show sincere concern for the welfare of others, even putting others’ needs before their own. It is the kind of love that is guided by godly principles but is by no means devoid of passion, intimacy and feelings.

Let us take a moment and look at a beautiful description of love:

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things,  hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Every time I read chapter 13 in 1 Corinthians, my mind reflects on God’s love for us. I think about how Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice because of love. We have a bad condition called sin and yet while we were sinners, Christ died for us. In spite of our sinful conditions, God loves us unconditionally. This is the kind of love that never fails. Romance is not love; romance is an act or expression of love and it is based on how you are loved in a relationship. Many of you have the wrong idea or concept of love and often find yourself feeling incomplete. In reality, love is a true expression of God and manifested in us through the Holy Spirit.

This is why love will never fail, romance can fail, but love cannot fail because love is not a feeling. Let us keep our feelings out of love and act lovingly by the action we take daily. Then and only then can we show positive, caring and emotion in response to the act of love.

Such love “never fails” in that it will never cease to exist. Indeed, it can grow stronger over time. And because it is patient, kind, and forgiving, it is “a perfect bond of union.”

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3: 14-16

Hence, relationships bound by such love are both secure and happy despite the imperfections of the individuals. This teaches us that we must learn to love unconditionally because the people we love, ALL have a condition we might not like. We love our spouse even with those conditions. Only the Holy Spirit can teach us how to love this way. Please remember this “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” 1 John 4:8.

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