Love covers a multitude of sin. (1 Peter 4:8) Perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18) Love is one of the greatest forces there is. Love can melt the hardest heart. (Read about the Saul to Paul experience on the road to Damascus in Acts chapter 9) We were created to love.
Two things I want to talk about today. Our extreme need for love and what happens when we do not receive it.
A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it – A song’s not a song ’til you sing it – Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay – Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!
I know a lot of you have heard the old saying, love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, love isn’t love till you give it away. Give it away indeed. The Bible is all about love. God’s great love (John 3:16), no greater love (John 15:13) and hang all the commandments on love. ( Matthew 22:40) Why do you think so much has been written about love? I believe love is the key that will open the door to our increased faith in God. The Bible even calls us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44) and says if we hate our brother whom we have seen, how can we say we love God, that we are liars.(1 John 4:20) Remember liars will have their part in the lake of fire. (Revelation 21:8) So since it is all about love, let’s look at scripture, but first and foremost pray with me please.
Lord, Please open our eyes to the truth contained in Your word about love. Thank You, in Jesus name. Amen.
1 John 3:4-10 NLT
Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
We can’t get any more serious than right here. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God. That is huge. I mean wow! We have to love. Period. No if ands or buts about it. Love is what the Lord wants for us. I believe it is the very fabric of our existence.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
The Bible says that if I didn’t love I would be like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal! I don’t know if you have ever hear a clanging gong before but it is not pleasant to the ears. We would actually be nothing if we didn’t love others. Why is this so hard for the body of Christ? Have we been so conditioned by the world, or allowed self-protective walls to come up, thereby preventing us from doing the very thing that our Lord said to hang all of the laws on? I don’t know about you, but I choose to love. Love my brothers and sisters, all family, fellow bloggers, enemies, and everyone else. God has put that in my heart to share with every one today. The message is to love one another.
There was an actual study done in 1944 that showed the effects of withholding love from infants. This study should answer both our extreme need for love and sadly what happens if we do not receive it. The study consisted of forty babies. They were grouped into two groups of twenty. One group was loved and cared for, the other just cared for without love. Stupid study, if you ask me, because I am all about love. Anyways, believe it or not, twenty babies were cared for but the caregivers changed, fed and cleaned them only. No eye contact or affection was given. Twelve of the twenty who were deprived of love died. They had to halt the study. The other twenty survived and even thrived. Here is the link to the full article.
So very sad, I know and I apologize for bringing it to your attention. Let us, please, see the seriousness, of love, is my cry. As awful as the study was, and may it never happen again, but, let it not go to waste, those precious lives. Let them have a voice and that voice be LOVE. Drop all the barriers that would prevent us from loving fully whatever they may be. Let us not let distance, race, income, job position, speech or anything else divide us anymore. Our loyalty is to God and to honor Him by adhering to the message in His word, which is, ALL about love.
This might be my new favorite verse.
1 Peter 1:22 NLT
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
During this time of quarantine, I was invited to a Facebook group, which I usually don’t do groups, but this one is about showing love to all humanity right now by decorating their windows with hearts. So far we have seven and the driveway full of hearts. On one we have a heart tree and the other a cross with hearts all around it. There are scripture verses in windows as well, just any way to show love and hope. People are posting their pictures in this group and some are blowing me away with their talent. We can ALL do this. We can ALL show love. Isn’t that what it is all about? Feel free to add me in Facebook, my name is Donna Nielsen and I am from Wisconsin. I’d love to see some of my readers windows all hearted up!
1 John 4:7 NLT
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
Pray with me please,
Dear Lord of all creation,
Praise Your holy name forever! This world is not our hope. Our hope is in You. We hope for that great and glorious day when we see You coming back in the clouds to receive Your church! We long with anticipation, looking at the skies with hopeful and joyous expectancy. Knowing that You are coming back some day for us means so much to us Father. Thank You Lord Jesus! What an amazing day that will be, when our Jesus we shall see! Hallelujah! There will be such joy. We love You and want to please You while on this earth. If there is any way that we have displeased You in the area of love, please forgive us Lord. Fill us with more of Your Holy Spirit, so that we too can say, “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do”. Help us to lay down any and all grievances against our brothers or sisters and to just love them! That’s all. No fault finding, or anything else. Help us to just love. You have loved us so much and given us such an extreme, holy example of love, that we are humbled by it. We will not resist You or Your Holy Spirit any longer in the area of love. Today is a new day and we ask You for Your love, that we would love as would be pleasing to You. Giving up “our rights” and resting on Your love. Then they will know we are Christians by our LOVE. Let it be, dear Lord, let it be! In Jesus name. Amen.
We are instructed to bear one another’s burdens, (Galatians 6:2) so if there are any prayer requests feel free to leave them in the comment section. I would be honored to pray with you. If it is more private you can always contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org I check that every day. Blessings to you all, till we meet again, tomorrow, if the Lord is willing. Peace.
Let’s worship today with
See the Light by Tobymac
By Our Love by For King and Country
Surrender by Flame ft. V Rose
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