You are welcome. Today, we want to open our mind as we understand love. Open your Bible to the popular John 3:16, as we begin today’s exposition.
John 3 (NIV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The Bible says “for God so loved the world that He gave…”. The “so much love” of God was evidenced or demonstrated in His giving. It is imperative that you understand love cannot be committed to self but to another. Love is commitment towards others.
John 15 (NIV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
God is Love and He is committed not to Himself but to us and that is why He chose us before the foundation of the world. He has and will always be committed to us. He will never forsake or abandon us because He Loves us. That means even when you mess up, He is still there with you. Just think, He lives to Love you.
Now let’s take this truth and let it play out in our lives. With the help of the Spirit, we can begin to be committed to each other (our brethren) no matter what we do or say to each other. We stay with each other and journey through life together, loving one another just as He loves us.
So many times, we neglect the simple demonstration of love to our family, friends and neighbours. The greatest need of man is love. God understood this and that’s why He loves us unconditionally, and also gave us His Son. Our fundamental human need is love. Show some love and kindness to that widow you have as a neighbour. Show some love to that orphan who lives helplessly in your community. Show some love and do not withhold it. Let that siblings of yours feel loved. Let your parents see your love towards them. In the church, let your love walk be known.
Nothing is as great as love. God is love. The greatest is love.
1 Corinthian 13(NIV)
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The above passage explicitly expressed God’s mind on how believers should place the love for one another among themselves and towards others. If you have faith, a big one, and hope, yet without love, you are nothing but emptiness. No matter the spiritual height a believer attains, if he does not have love, he is an empty figure.
1 Corinthians 13(NIV)
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
This simply means that whatever you do without love is without God. It’s all emptiness.
When we realize the truth of how great and kind God’s love is, with the help of the Spirit we can put an end to the attitude of forsaking each other. Loving one another just as He loves us. How does God loves us and how does He wants us to love one another? The passage below helps us to understand this.
1 Corinthians (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
You can see that for yourself. Read it slowly again and understand each attributes stated in the passage.
Love is the fruit of the Spirit which should manifest in the life of a believer.
If you are in Christ, you are not of the flesh but of the Spirit.
Romans 8 (KJV)
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Therefore, as a believer who is of the Spirit, you should manifest love which is the fruit of the Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
I’m looking forward to that day when love (God) would be fully demonstrated in the body of Christ. We’re the light of the world. Let us shine our light through love. Do not say it does not matter, because it does. Always remember and put to heart the attributes of love in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and Galatians chapter 5. When you do this, you’ll be able to judge your love walk and improve if there is need for it at any point in life.
In conclusion, love is the greatest. Whatever you do or say, screen it through the standard of love which is the standard of God. For God is love.
1 John 4 (NIV)
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
You may repeat after me: Because I have the Spirit of God in me, I love unconditionally. No spirit of hatred is found in me. I love and love always. Amen.
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