Amazing love

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Amazing love

We are in a time of absurdity. We talk about love as if it is this major, overarching theme in our world, while at the same time demonstrating the opposite. The world talks only of a love that is superficial, fleeting and aligned more with lust than real love. We identify it with warm feelings, that give us a momentary thrill.

The moment that momentum is lost and the feeling has faded, we allow our “ love” to be transformed into hate, as we quickly look for that next fix. Real love is not fleeting, and endures over time. It even deepens. It is sacrificial as those who truly love give all and never take it back.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 NKJV

Though given for our salvation, Jesus was rejected, taken for granted and mocked. But He was relentless in fulfilling His divine mission to reclaim what was lost.

When I considered the oft read passage in I Corinthians chapter thirteen, I thought of all the different modern day depictions of love. None of them stand up to the love depicted in the chapter. The love in I Corinthians is agape love, divine love. It is a love that can only be possible through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The church at Corinthian was caught up in a myriad of conflicts regarding various spiritual gifts and spiritual leaders. They had allowed themselves to be influenced by the world. Paul wrote to remind them that all those gifts and things were worthless without agape love.

As followers of Jesus in this modern world, we face the same dangers as the Corinthians, for there is great pressure to rely on the same structures as the world. In reality, we have become very much like the world in that we have our favorite celebrity preachers and pastors. We rush out and buy the latest book of some authors to which we have attributed spiritual weight.

In the cultural realm we seek to advance our moral based political causes against an unbelieving world, having little regard for the circumstances that people may be living in, and certainly not looking at them in the totality of what they have experienced.

We use the Bible as our guide, speak oh so eloquently, but our words can be filled with truth, but lacking in love.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
I Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV

We try to bring to the world the word of God, but we often lack the love. What we offer is the truth, but we ignored the greatest truth: God is love.

We are entering a time when we will have to demonstrate and live out the love of God. Each attribute in the chapter thirteen will need to present, for we will be tested time and time again.

“Love suffers long and is kind; “ There are so many people out there who have been damaged, who have been stung by the sins of others. Part of getting through with the Gospel is listening.

Every attribute will receive a test, a moment when the born again follower of Jesus will have to demonstrate if they are truly in the faith. These occasions will not be under the best of circumstances, but under the worst. But, even under trial, we must show the fruit of the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV

Brothers and sisters, The world needs to see true love. When we are assaulted for our beliefs, let us counter with love. When we are assailed, let us counter with the Gospel. When we are rejected and accused of hate, let us tell them about Jesus who endured great suffering so that He could goo tooth cross and die for sins of the world.

The world we live in is full of the fruit of the flesh:

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV

Let us not be taken aback by these things, but reminded that we also had those same characteristics, as each of us was once a sinner, and capable of all evils. We have all laid aside the works of the flesh, and the sinful practices that resulted from them.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
I Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV

Not perfect, just forgiven.

God has given each of us a powerful testimony of a loving God reaching down into a sinner’s life and offering salvation. We did nothing to be worthy, we brought nothing to the table, but the Lord made a place for us by His grace.

The Son of glory, perfect and Holy God, looked upon us with divine love. The least we can do is show the same, as we who are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit have no excuse.

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One thought on “Amazing love

  1. Some years ago, by the grace of God, Lori pointed out to me that, “love is not rude…” I had never seen that in these Scriptures before. So thankful for the Lords loving guidance through my wife. Praying for you my friend

    “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

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