(REMEMBER CHRISTS DIED FOR HUMANITY BECAUSE HE LOVED US SO.2018)

ALTHOUGH WE DELIGHT IN CHRISTS LOVE FOR US,DID YOU KNOW THAT AS HIS FOLLOWERS WERE TOLD TO HAVE THIS SAME KIND OF SACRIFICIAL LOVE FOR OTHERS?JESUS SAID,THIS IS MY COMMANDMENT,THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER,JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU!(JOHN15:12) LOVING LIKE THIS SOMETIMES SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE IN OUR OWN HUMAN EFFORT.HOWEVER,WHENEVER GOD GIVES US A COMMAND,HE ALSO PROVIDES THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO OBEY HIM. TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS COMMAND IS,WE NEED TO LOOK NO FURTHER THAN PAULS FAMOUS LOVE CHAPTER;IN THE FIRST THREE VERSES OF 1CORINTHIANS 13,HE SPEAKS ABOUT THE PRE-EMINENCE OF LOVE.IT TRANSCENDS ALL THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS-THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE,BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING GREAT FAITH,SACRIFICIAL GENEROSITY,AND EVEN MARTYRDOM.WITHOUT LOVE,ALL THESE GREAT THINGS ARE WORTHLESS IN GODS EYES.THE KIND OF LOVE PAUL IS SPEAKING ABOUT IS AGAPE IN THE GREEK LANGUAGE THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT WORDS THAT ARE TRANSLATED;LOVE IN ENGLISH,EROS REFERS  TO THE SEXUAL ATTRACTION BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN,PHILEO IS USED FOR FRIENDLY AFFECTION AND AGAPE IS UNSELFISH,SACRAFICIAL LOVE,ITS BEING COMMITTED TO ANOTHER PERSONS WELL BEING,SECURITY,AND BEST INTEREST,AND ITS NOT DEPENDENT UPON THAT PERSONS LOVABILITY OR FAVORABLE RESPONSES.THE ONLY WAY TO LOVE AS CHRIST COMMANDS US IS TO HAVE GODS LOVE FLOW THROUGH US TO OTHERS.FORTUNEATELY,BELEIVERS HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO DWELLS WITHIN THEM AND GIVES THEM AN EXTRA CAPACITY TO LOVE.HOWEVER,HAVING THE CAPACITY DOES’NT MEAN THAT IT AUTOMATICALLY FLOWS FROM US.IF WE ARENT INCREASING IN SPIRITUAL MATURITY,SUBMISSION TO THE SPIRIT,AND OBEDIENCE TO GODS WORD,THE SPIRITS FRUIT OF LOVE WILL NOT GROW IN US.WE’LL SIMPLY REVERT TO WHAT USUALLY COMES NATURALLY-SELF INTEREST.IN 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7,PAUL USES CHARACTER TRAITS AND ACTIONS TO DESCRIBE LOVE.HES NOT SAYING WE MUST FEEL LOVE FOR EVERYONE BUT THAT WE ARE TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT GODS LOVE FILLS US AND OVERFLOWS TO OTHERS.WHAT DOES THIS LOVE LOOK LIKE.?FIRST OF ALL LOVE IS CONSIDERATE.ITS PATIENT AND KIND(VERSE 4;WE ARE IMPERFECT PERSONS WHO LIVE AMONG IMPERFECT PEOPLE,AND SOMETIMES THE RESULT IS FRUSTRATION,IRRITATION,IMPATIENCE,ANGER.BUT WHEN WE DISPLAY AGAPE LOVE,WERE WILLING TO BEAR WITH THE ANNOYING TRAITS AND BEHAVIORS OF OTHERS AND TREAT THEM KINDLY EVEN IF THEY MISTREAT US.SECOND CHRISTLIKE LOVE IS UNSELFISH.IN VERSE4-5,PAUL LIST ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS THAT FLOW FROM SELFISHNESS AND ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH GENUINE LOVE-JEALOUSLY,ARROGANCE,UNBECOMING OR CRUDE BEHAVIOR,SEEKING ONES OWN RIGHTS,BEING EASILY PROVOKED TO ANGER,HOLDING GRUDGES,AND BEING UNFORGIVING,ALL THESE ARE ROOTED IN SELFISH INTEREST AND A SENSE OF SELF IMPORTANCE.THE OFFENSES,INJURIES,AND INJUSTICES OF OTHERS BECOME CAUSE FOR OUTBURST,ACTS OF RETALIATION, AND SINFUL WORDS AND ACTIONS.SUCH BEHAVIOR DEMONSTRATES THAT THE PERSON IS CONTROLLED BY SELFISH PASSIONS AND DESIRES,NOT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.THIRD GENUINE LOVE IS DISCERNING IT DOES NOT REJOICE IN UNRIGHTEOUS,BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH'(VERSE6) OUR WORLD HAS REDIFINED LOVE AS SHOWING ACCEPTANCE AND SUPPORT FOR OTHERS’ CHOICE OF BEHAVIOR,BUT THAT IS NOT AT ALL HOW GODS WORD DESCRIBES LOVE..PAUL PRAYED FOR THE PHILLIPIANS THAT THEIR LOVE MAY ABOUND STILL MORE AND MORE IN REAL KNOWLEDGE AND ALL DISCERNMENT'(PHILLIPIANS1.9) TO AFFIRM SOMEONES  SINFUL LIFESTYLE AND CHOICES IS NOT DOING WHAT IS THE BEST FOR THEM,AND IS THEREFORE NOT AN ACT OF LOVE.TRUTH AND LOVE ARE  NOT IN OPPOSITION BUT IN PERFECT UNITY.FOURTH GODLY LOVE ENDURES IN A DAY WHEN PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO GIVE UP ON RELATIONSHIPS IF THEY BECOME DIFFICULT,BIBLICAL LOVE STANDS FIRM.IT BEARS,BELEIVES,HOPES,AND ENDURES ALL THINGS( VERESE7) SUFFERING,HARDSHIPS,AND TROUBLE CANT OVERPOWER LOVE WHEN ITS FLOWING FROM GOD.IT BEARS UP UNDER INJUSTICE AND REFUSES TO DELIGHT IN OR GOSSIP ABOUT THE SINS OF OTHERS(1 PETER4.’8).NO MATTER HOW BAD CIRCUMSTANCES MAY LOOK,AGAPE LOVE IS GROUNDED BY FAITH AND ROOTED IN HOPE.

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