Love"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved." II Corinthians 12:15
This is the only language that a confused world understands. A love that is not only vocal, but active. It is not what we say, but what we do that counts.
"He therefore that despiseth, despiseth, not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit." I Thessalonians 4:8
Our attitude toward our earthly brother is a good indication how we actually feel toward our Heavenly Father. "Love one another."
". .. To love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." St. Mark 12:33
It's not what we offer up, but what we think of our fellow man that impresses God. Money without mercy is meaningless.
"And this commandment have we from him, Than he who loveth God love his brother also." John 4:21
God accepts no love that includes Him and excludes our fellow man. This is the identifying mark of a Christian. Does the world recognize you as such?
"For the love of Christ constraineth us..." II Corinthians 5:14
Self gives way to the Saviour when the love of Christ gets control of the heart. What the world needs today is more compassion and less censure.
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." I Corinthians 13:4
Here is a test of true love. It's not all of it, but enough to let us know if we have the real thing.
"And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." Ruth 1:16
Love is a mysterious force imparted by God the Father and gloriously shared by His creatures to love degrees beyond human comprehension and reason. No wonder the Lord said of the first Christians, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." St. Matthew 5:44
If the spirit of Christ surfaces at this point in your life, you will know that you have done more than join a church. All men will know that "Ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." St. Matthew 22:36-39
The reason the world is in trouble today is because we have made so little over the great commandment. "Love covers a multitude of sins."
"But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another." I Thessalonians 4:9
It is not religious talk, but the love of God relived in Christian acts of the believer that will win this world to Jesus. "In word and deed..."
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13
Do something Christ-like! Love people. It is not only have we told someone about Jesus, but have we shown them.
"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." Proverbs 17:17
There ought to be a day set aside as "good friend day," and they should be told so. Today would be a good day to say it. "What a friend we have in Jesus." Start with Him. He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Tell Him and others how much you love and appreciate them. "A friend loveth at all times."
"That they all may be one; as thou, Father; art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." St. John 17:21
This is a portion of the prayer of Jesus. Everyone of us should do our part in bringing it to pass. He said, "Love one another as I have loved you."
"And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common." Acts 4:32
Genuine Christianity always makes its appearance in the form of great love and compassion for others. "The greatest of these is love."
"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." I Corinthians 13:3
God sees the heart behind the hand and the motive behind the gift.
"I am that bread of life." St. John 6:48
In an age of miracles and mechanism, it is a sad report that half of the world goes to bed with empty stomachs because the other half retires with empty hearts.
"And this is love, that we walk after his commandment." II John 6
A shallow Christian will walk after his own desires, but love will prompt a person to "walk after his commandments." Follow the leader and always make sure that the leader is Christ.
"We know that we have passed from death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." I John 3:14
One of the big signs of the new birth is how we feel about other believers in Christ, irregardless of their church.
"Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:18
Lack of love has been the undoing of humanity.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." St. John 3:16
God's love is big enough to cover the world and, yet, individual enough so that the least of us are included.
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another; as I have loved you." St. John 15:12
All the world's problems through Jesus will be settled at this point or not at all. "Now abideth faith, hope, love; the greatest of these is love."
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
It is not until we see ourselves as sinners that we can get a glimpse of the love of God, who sent Christ to die for the best and the worst of us. "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son..."
"I will love thee, O Lord, my strength." Psalm 18:1
If the love of God is in our hearts, we will show it in our lives. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
"Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins." Proverbs 10:12
The degree of our love for God is reflected in our willingness to forgive our fellow man. Love covers a lot of sin and reflects a great deal more spirit.
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" St. Matthew 7:3
Our vision always seems at its best when we are looking at another's faults. Oh God, give us good "insight" so that we can be understanding of others. In Jesus' name. Amen.
"For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." James 3:16
It is so true. These two things open the door to a runway of everything that is ungodly and unwholesome for a life or a nation. Only God can close the door and bring harmony and peace. "Love one another."
"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?" St. Matthew 5:46
True Christianity makes a difference and will be demonstrated in "down to earth" works and "Christ-like" love.
"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." I John 3:14
Behold the evidence of the changed life. Say it with love. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples..."
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three,' but the greatest of these is charity." I Corinthian 13:13
Love is the greatest force on earth and the prescription for the good life. Why don't we take it in and give it out?
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