Consider the Lilies..: What is love?   

Aug 16, 2012

What is love?



Mark 12:28-31 says: 
Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  
 The most important one,” answered Jesus, is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

Now, if we believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and we truly wish to be obedient, we need to take this verse very seriously..  Love God, love each other.  "There is no commandment greater than these.
If you do nothing else, do these..  
So what is love?

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

How often do we truly practice this type of love?  And when we do, is it only for the people we like?  And even then, there is usually a limit to how much..  But what about the people we don't like?  Do we practice this sort of love for them?
Lets see...  We will just go though a few..

Love is patient:
Webster's 1828 dictionary defines patient as: Having the quality of enduring evils without murmuring or fretfulness; sustaining afflictions of body or mind with fortitude, calmness or christian submission to the divine will; calm under the sufferance of injuries or offenses; not revengeful.
When you are confronted with someone or something that makes you angry, does 'patient' describe you?  When you are upset with someone, do you have the peace of God about you?  Or do you roll your eyes, shake you head, maybe raise your voice, point your finger, or flat out go off on someone?

Love is not easily angered:
James 1:19 ~ "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry"..
When you become angry, do you take a moment to calm down and gather your thoughts?  Do you consider your words, your tone or the volume of your voice?  Are you truly quick to listen and slow to speak, or do you start off yelling and accusing?  
The Bible said everyone..  Even mother's who have 'had it up to here' with their children, wives who are ticked off at their husbands for doing the same thing over and over.  Husbands who have been nagged one too many times..  Everyone..  You are not the exception..  
The "Even Jesus got angry and turned over tables" argument doesn't fly in this situation..  Jesus had righteous anger..  Just because you think you are right, doesn't make the anger righteous ;)

Love keeps no record of wrongs:
Now this is the big one..  It has to do with forgiveness..  We forgive by faith, out of obedience to God.. Since forgiveness goes against our nature, we must forgive by faith, whether we feel like it or not..  God does not record our sins..  When we sin, recognize it, ask for forgiveness, receive it and repent of the sin, it's done..  If God kept a record of it, then His son died for nothing..  The whole idea of salvation would be pointless..
If God can let them go, so can we..
That means that once we have given our forgiveness, that's the end of it..  We don't bring it up again, we don't talk about to the offender or others, we don't remind the offender of the offense, and we certainly don't wait expectantly for them to do it again..
We don't tally up the offenses, instead we wipe the slate clean..



8 comments:

  1. Another excellent post, Ren! Our theme for Hearts is centered around 1 Corinthians 13 this year. I'd like to try to memorize the whole chapter. Would you like to memorize with me? :)

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  2. Girl you hit this one on head! Love is something that God has had go give me over the years. I'll be the first to tell you that, I am still very much a work in progress.

    I am also a Peter. I have quite the temper. But God has helped with that over the years as well. Loving people when it's easy feels very good. It's when it's hard to love them that we really need to lean on God.

    Thanks for this post!

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  3. You are so right Kenyatta, Peter did have his moments, but when everyone else thought all was lost, Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water.. He also had the faith, devotion, and courage to ask to be crucified upside down..

    You really are a Peter :)

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  5. Thank you Tia..
    I want to be a genuine as possible and maybe reach other's through my own experiences so I only blog about lessons I have learned (or are learning) personally..
    I really appreciate your feedback!

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  6. May God continue blessing you, sister. For what you do, is love others by sharing deep,educational and inspirational testimonies.

    Amen !

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  7. I'm so glad you enjoy them :)

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