LoveBro. David Chancellor
3/25/2007 6:00 PM
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through him might be saved.
"For God so loved … that he gave …" He loved the world. Love has an object. It is directed toward something or someone. God had love for mankind. This should be something that we know applies to us personally. God loved us and wanted us to be spared from what lay ahead.
1 John 4:7-11
Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
This love in your heart will focus on something. "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." There will be some action that will go with love. Love toward others needs to be manifested in our lives. God put his love into action.
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us…" Love can choose to love someone who doesn’t love back. God loved us when we didn’t love him back, but it eventually brought a change in us. Love can make a change in the other so that it can be reciprocal and mutual. If the love of God is in us, it has something to focus on; those around us.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
For some, this form of love doesn’t exist. Sadly, among those who choose to be married, there are some who don’t love each other. In some countries, the marriages are still arranged. In those situations, you can learn to love each other. A lack of love is an opportunity to learn to love, not cause for divorce. Real love looks deeper than the outward appearance. It’s good to speak of your love; it’s better to manifest it. Love will do something that is challenging for you and better for the one that you love. Much of what the world talks about as love is selfish in nature. Our love should focus on being a blessing and a help to the one we love. Love is more than a warm, fuzzy feeling. It should stir you to action to be a help and a blessing. In many homes, love doesn’t exist. A real manifestation of care and concern is lacking. Love wants the better part for the other one, and will take the lesser part. Love wants the best for the others of the home. It should be manifested to others that are there. Love is what makes the home strong and stable, an environment where children can be prepared to face the world.
1 Peter 2:17
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
"…love the brotherhood…" We need to love God’s people and have a care one for the other. We should be willing to help each other out. We should be willing to sacrifice for each other, to do our part. We can bear other’s burdens. When there is work to be done, be willing to pitch in and do it. It takes time to pray and be concerned for others. It may be helping people financially from time to time. It’s giving help where you see the need. Let your love be manifest. Love in the church also brings strength and stability. We want the love of God to draw people to him and us together. The love of God brings strength to the body without the contempt of familiarity. Love won’t take each other for granted or take advantage of each other.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. 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. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
There are some who won’t love you back. There may be some who are hard to love because of how they are. We should love the sinner, although we don’t love the sinful act or nature. We should still have a care and concern for the sinner. We can love the sinner without participating in or condoning their sin. Love returns blessing for cursing. It hopes for good for those who would wish evil on you. We should desire good for those who are actively pursuing bad for us. Do good for those who hate you. Look for opportunities to be a blessing to those ones. You have to interact with people if you would show the love of God to them. We may have to pray to find a way to be good that will be perceived as good.
Pray for God to help and bless those who treat you wrong. Love will pray for those who are doing bad. God won’t force them to do good, but his mercy can be extended to those who aren’t treating you right. You can take them to God in prayer and seek good for them. Pray that God will get them through whatever difficult things come their way because of their actions.
Some difficult and hard people are really only looking for someone to care. Our enemies should be the object of our love. Our love to them should be seen in our actions. Love is more than a feeling. It focuses on an object and takes action. It will produce acts and deeds towards the ones that we love. Love should cause things to happen and cause things to be felt by the object of our love. It should be our desire that the object of our love realize that they are loved. God would have us so love that we act and show that love to others. His love should produce something in us that the world can see. Wherever you go, manifest the love of God.