“For out of great distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not to make you sad, but to let you know the love that I have especially for you.”
2 Corinthians 2.4
Motives were misread and maligned. Paul insisted on making them clear. He did not give up. He was committed to engaging the Corinthians to make his reasons clear.
Distress is not a reason for inaction or for surrender. Does it motivate me to make new attempts to show love?
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“And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.”
The world works off the principle of give-as-you-get. Tit for tat. Eye for eye. Jesus teaches a higher principle: love your enemies, v. 35.
Does my emotion cause me to react in kind, or does the mind of Christ permit me to respond always with love?
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“But just as it is written, ‘Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.'”
1 Corinthians 2.9
Paul quotes Isaiah 64.4 to emphasize the wonder of Christ. God is working out his plan. He has revealed it to man. Only those who love him will benefit from it.
“Mind” translates the word for heart, referring to the whole inner person, and often a specific aspect of it. Here, the thoughts of man. Love is the condition of receiving such wonderful things.
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“This is the first and greatest commandment.”
The old covenant passed away, but the truth of love for God with all one’s being remains. While no commandment ought to be neglected, some things are more important than others, because they are broader, deeper, and more meaningful to the whole.
Do I like “sound doctrine” more than “sincere love”? Is my fear greater than my loving devotion to God? Is love for him my over-reaching priority?
#votd #love #Matthew #commandment
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”
1 Peter 3.8 ESV
The first step to avoid returning evil with evil is to develop a loving relationship in the family of faith. Peter cites five qualities in chiastic form, with brotherly love as the central element.
Am I motivated by the best intentions? Do I speak loving words? Do kindness and tenderness mark my interactions? Is my goal to understand and appreciate my brother?
#votd #1-Peter #love
“The Lord passed by before him and proclaimed: ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, and abounding in loyal love and faithfulness, keeping loyal love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. But he by no means leaves the guilty unpunished, responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children and children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.’”
The Lord showed compassion by giving the Ten Commandments a second time to Moses. He is both loving and just. He carries forward his purpose, even in the midst of human rebellion.
In both Testaments, God is the same. He seeks fellowship with us. He desires to show his love. What are you doing to allow him to do that?
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Let’s say you’re going to teach a class about love from the Bible. You can choose only five texts or verses. What five will you choose? Why these five?
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“Everything you do should be done in love.”
1 Corinthians 16.14
The Corinthians were arrogant. They used gifts of service for selfish ends. The Lord’s supper was abused and couldn’t be called the Lord’s any more. The solution to all problems: love.
Love is not love until it motivates and permeates everything we do. It is not an emotional reaction, but the choice of giving others priority.
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Our friend Ron Jackson spoke last Sunday in the Broadview congregation on love for God:
Ron is based in Florida and has been to Brazil numerous times and has spoken to congregations in our area. He is an employee of Embraer.
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“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home” John 19:26-27.
Mom. Even the coarsest and roughest among us will defend her, protect her, provide for her, love her, and never hear a word against her. School kids know the easiest way to bully a kid is to speak about her mother. Mothers hold a special place in our hearts. They are our anchors. They are what home means to all of us. No one on this earth, outside of God, loves us more—with a love that is fierce and unconditional. Perhaps that’s why God gave us mothers—so we could understand His love for us. After all, if “hell has no fury like a woman scorned,” how much more so if one gets between a mother bear and her cubs! With the full love of God that Jesus had while fully man, He, dying on the cross for His mother and all of us, provided for His mother in the best way that He could—by making her the mother over and into the care of the “disciple whom he loved.”
How does a mother’s love help us understand God’s?
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FIFTEEN TRAITS OF GENUINE CHRISTIAN LOVE
We Americans use the word “love” in a wide variety of ways. We “love” apple pie, banana pudding, hamburgers, French fries, and sweet tea. (When I lived in Selma, AL and ate at the Downtowner, I became convinced that “sweet tea” was really just one word with two syllables!)
We “love” our country, the state we are from, our hometown, summertime, springtime, fall (some of us even love wintertime and snow!), the mountains, and/or the beach. Continue reading
“Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”
1 Corinthians 14.1
When miraculous gifts were available, Paul preferred prophesy over speaking in tongues, because it provided “strengthening, encouragement, and consolation” to the whole church, vv. 3-4. Love guided the choice and use of gifts.
What spiritual gifts may you pursue in love that will be of the greatest benefit to others?
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Seek the Lord. The love of heaven is “from everlasting to everlasting,” Psalms 103:17. It “endures forever,” Psalms 106:1. But it can be ignored. Herein lays the wonder of grace. Salvation involves divine initiative and human response. The Lord gives. Man must receive. When we do not accept what He offers, He cannot supply what we need, Matthew 23:37.
—Ed Mathews, Plow New Ground
#love #seek #salvation
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you.”
Jesus loved his disciples to the end, v. 1. Washing their feet at the Passover meal was but a foreshadowing of his impending death. While such love drew its lines specific to the Master, it calls for no less humility and sacrifice on the part of all.
What practical love are your demonstrating to others? Is there any service you balk at performing for others?
#example #love #VOTD
“We love because he loved us first.”
1 John 4.19
God is love, John wrote, 1 Jn 4.8, 16. It is his nature. All he does is an expression of love. He created man in order to show love. Love is not self-contained. God takes the initiative in love. Our love is a response to his.
“… when you feel in your bones the meaning of God’s grace, you will want to lead a more godly life than ever. But the difference is this: you do it in response to God’s love, rather than to earn that love.” —A.L. McGinnis, Confidence.
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