Love defined is an intense feeling of deep affection (babies fill parents with feelings of love). It is also a great interest and pleasure in something. (His love for football)
*In marriage there are no walls, no divisions but we openly love the other person. There are displays of that love. We listen to them with an intent to help, to pray for and to unite with them in making their situation better.
Mark 12: 29-30 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
Mark 12:31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
How did Christ love us? He left his heavenly home and took on human form full well knowing the agony of the cross. They mocked him and put a crown of thorns on his head, they beat Him. He was innocent but it was our sins that nailed Him to that cross. That’s how much He loves us. While hanging there in agony what were among his final words? In all the suffering, hurt and extreme pain; He could have rained fire from heaven to destroy them all. He could have had an army of angels deliver Him but as He was hanging there in the face of death He said Father forgive them for they know not what they do! He who could have judged, set us free.
He commanded us to love like He did. I think it is time that we reach out to others. We should be so full of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ that the lost of the world would see that love, harmony and peace and they would be drawn to us.
There shouldn’t be divisions. There should be unity. How can we have that if we refuse to open our hearts and homes to our family in Christ? We should be helping one another, dining with, sharing life with our brothers and sisters. We cannot fully love someone unless we become intimate with them. Unless we know them by more than just their name or face. We need to know their family, to know their favorite color…. How are we to bear one another’s burdens if we have no idea what they are in their totality? Brothers and sisters we need to love one another. There shouldn’t be a select few but rather a great many. They will know we are Christians by our love! What a great song. Let’s do that. Let’s be that light of love.
Throw down any weight or thing that interferes with our ability to love one another and let’s run this race in such a way as to obtain the prize. Let’s love the best way we can. In and through the Master, always exemplifying His great love. It is then that they will know we are Christians.
1 Peter 4:8 Love covers a multitude of sin
1 John 4:18 Perfect love casts out fear
1 Corinthians 13:5 Love doesn’t seek it’s own.
1 Corinthians 13:1 Love is patient.
Love is kind.
Love doesn’t envy.
Love isn’t proud or rude.
Love doesn’t keep any record of wrong.
Love rejoices with the truth.
Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.
Love never fails.
They will know we are Christians by our love. Beautiful song but will they? Will they see us loving each other? As Christ loved us? We have to open our hands and hearts. We cannot just allow a certain few in our circle. We have to allow all. And more than allow encourage them in love.
Christ is love. He showed His love when He gave His all for our sins. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. That is extreme love. That is what we are to model. To love as He loved.
It’s time to drop parameters and walls that we made for self protection and let God truly be our Protector. We need to be about our Father’s business.
1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Jesus broke down the wall of familial ties. This disciple wasn’t biologically her son yet he opened his heart and home to her. I believe we need to purposefully open our hearts and homes to others. We have been secluded for too long. We as God’s children need one another. We need the love and support that we can only give when we find ourselves loving as Jesus did. We will be spending eternity together. Wouldn’t it be nice to get to know each other now?
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, please read the following blog titled, You Never Let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/