Meditations From the Heart
7/15/16 at 10:02 AM 0 Comments

Love - The Overriding Factor

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Love not hate. Christians – born from above - are called to love one another and to love the peoples of the world; just as God has loved us and as He loves the entire human race. We are to be known as Christ ones because of our love for everyone. Please let us believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ not be influence by the voices that are around us today. We know there are injustices and inequalities in our society. Truly in every society in the world the same exist. Life is of God. No one can exist outside of God’s breath of life. That means every human life, no matter the skin tone, is valuable and precious in God’s sight, and should be as well in ours. No particular group of humans are worth more or less. We are equal partners in the life God has entrusted to us. God will hold us accountable for the life lived on this earth, especially as it relates to His Son Jesus Christ.

God shows us in 1Corinthians 13 what love looks like and what love is not. Verse 1- 3 warns us about the nature of our works (after we have accepted God's salvation). V1: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. V2: 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. V3: 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.

Though I speak with eloquence and have not God's love, I am sounding off noise.
Though I have the gift of prophecy, understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have all faith, without God's love, I am nothing. The prophecy, the understanding, the knowledge, the faith do absolutely nothing for me if I have not God's love.
Though I give all I have to the poor.
Though I give my body to be burned - become a martyr.
It profits me nothing if I have not the love of God.
If love does not permeate my speeches, my understandings, my knowledge, my faith, my givings, then the benefit of these gifts to me is zero. This sounds to me like a believer who is building on hay and stubble. 1Corinthians 3:13-15
1Corinthians 13:1-3 is about the "I" factor. When selfishness, arrogance and pride are evident in our lives; love is suppressed.

An image of God's love is seen in verses 4-7:
Love suffers long
Love is kind
Love is not envious
Love is not boastful nor brags
Love is not proud or prideful
Love does not behave itself unseemly - unruly, or in an embarrasing manner)
Love does not seek its own - is not selfish
Love is not easily provoked
Love does not think evil
Love does not rejoice in iniquity
Love rejoices in the truth
Love bears - endures - all things
Love believes all things (as a very young child will)
Love hopes (all things)
Love never fails
This love - God's love - is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5
How then can we have this love overflowing the banks of our hearts into our daily living?
Let us believe it's there.
Let us act upon this truth.
Let us pray to our Father daily for help to manifest this love in our lives, so others can know that we belong to God.

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