1 John 4:8 MEV “Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
No guys, love is not that fuzzy wuzzy feeling inside. It’s not experiencing your first kiss. Love is God and God is love. Pure love can feel good too. But too often it is confused with our feelings. Listen to what God (who is love) says love is:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 MEV “Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.”
You and I just read what love is. And that is what we must aspire to be. You see, God’s love grows inside of us and matures. This is a process for every believer. I can think of many times I was the total opposite of what we read above. If you’re honest with yourself you can too. People around us got hurt by us when we didn’t love. There’s some who will say that love hurts or it hurts to love. Though there is some truth in that saying folks are mainly talking about their feelings. The full truth is love always helps others and ourselves even when our feelings get hurt. There is nothing more powerful than true love. Remember, God is Love. Learn God’s love and let His love flow through you. You will then be walking in infinite power.
LOVE GROWS OR DECREASES
1 Thessalonians 3:12 MEV “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all men, even as we do for you.”
Matthew 24:12 NASB “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”
The two passages above show that love in us can either grow or decrease. The sad truth is only a few folk’s love will grow. We know this because Jesus tells us that, “most people’s love will grow cold.” “Because lawlessness is increased,” Jesus said that love for others, for self, and for God would grow cold in most. Lawlessness means to live without laws, no rules or boundaries. Wouldn’t you say that describes our generation? Popular culture says, “Do as thou wilt,” ‘Do what you wonna do,’ or ‘Make your own laws.’ But look at the price tag that has come with this type of thinking: we live in a mean, hateful, unloving world where everyone is basically for self. We are stepping on each other like cockroaches. ‘If you’re not for what I want feel the bottom of my shoe and die!’ There is no love in the mainstream. Having no rules hurts mankind.
FREEDOM FROM RULES IS NOT LOVE
There are some who will argue that having no rules or living in a lawless society is the most loving thing we can do. On the contrary Jesus was onced asked by an expert in the law what is the greatest commandment or rule of law. Listen to what Jesus says:
Matthew 22:35-40 NIV “One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus 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.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Love is the greatest commandment Jesus says. Hence love is the rule of law. What a different world it would be if we all followed this rule. Just take a moment to think about it.
Imagine a building without any structure or rules. It’s existence and survival would be impossible. How can the building stand if there’s no structure or laws holding it up? And how can a building last if there is no foundational structure that it’s built on? The building would collapse. Unfortunately that’s what’s happening to our world today. Due to our, “Do as thou wilt,” no rules no laws attitude our world is rapidly collapsing. We are spiraling down out of control into a deeper and deeper blackhole. And some think it’s progress. The same is true with us as individuals. We are falling into a pit of which there is no return:
Matthew 7:24-27 MEV “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it did not fall, for it was founded a rock. And every one who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them will be likened to a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it fell. And its fall was great.”
Those who hear Jesus’ teachings (rules), and puts them into practice are considered wise builders. When the storms of life come and beat up against that house (or person) they will still be standing through it all because they built on the good foundation; the rock, who is Christ Himself. But those who could care less for Jesus rules or teachings after hearing them are building their houses on sand. They have no foundation at all, and no protection to weather the storms. When the storms of life come and beat up against them they will fall. And not only will they fall Jesus’ says their collapse will be great; a fall of no return.
In conclusion guys, living a life of love includes following rules, God’s laws. And we know the most important rule is to love God with our whole heart mind and soul, and the second is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
John 14:23 NIV “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
1 John 5:3 NIV “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”
Remember, God is love (1 John 4:8), and all of God’s commands give us structure, stability, and strength. They keep us standing. Hence growing in love is what we should aspire. Only love will enable us to weather the storms.
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