First and greatest: Matthew 22.38

“This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Matthew 22.38

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

“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

Compassionate and gracious God: Exodus 34.6-7

“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.’”

Exodus 34.6-7

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?

#votd #Exodus #love

Choose only five texts about love of God and for God

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?

#love #nudge #teaching

Everything you do: 1 Corinthians 16.14

“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.

#votd #love #1-Corinthians

Video: Do we really love God?

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.

#video #love #sermons

Mothers are our anchors

“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?

Douglas Kashorek

elder, evangelist, editor

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#mother #home #love

Hugh’s News & Views (Fifteen Traits . . .)

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

#1-corinthians-13, #hughfulford, #love

Be eager for gifts: 1 Corinthians 14.1 VOTD

“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?

#love #service #VOTD

The Lord gives. Man must receive.

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

Do just as I have done: John 13.14-15 VOTD

“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.”

John 13.14-15

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

He loved first: 1 John 4.19 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.

#love #initiative #God #VOTD

The love of Christ controls me

The love of Christ controls me 1) To treat people with dignity and respect, 2) To be a living sacrifice by humbling myself, and 3) To overcome the ambition of selfish desires. … [L]earn how the love of Christ controls the life of the Christian to act in a respectful, humble, and selfless way.

via The Love of Christ Controls Me – New Boston Church of Christ

#love #2-Corinthians #sacrifice

To the one who loves us: Revelation 1.5b-6 VOTD

“To the one who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of his own blood and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving his God and Father—to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen.”

Revelation 1.5b-6

John’s greeting to the seven congregations in Asia includes praise to Christ. His three-fold description of the Lord’s work begins with love.

Write your own praise to Christ and include other biblical descriptions of what Christ has done for his people.

#love #Revelation #VOTD

God draws the line

“… ‘You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, commanded us’” Ezra 4:3.

In this era of inclusion and bending of the rules to accommodate everyone, the drawing of a line of fellowship by the returning exiles sounds really harsh to us. But, it is God who draws it.

It was precisely because His people had erased His line and drawn it where they pleased that they had ceased to be His people and had compromised with the beliefs and practices of every nation around them.

As Ezra had to tell those of the surrounding peoples who opposed them, “You have no part with us,” Nehemiah needed to a few years later when he sought to rebuild the walls.

But why not extend fellowship? Doesn’t God love all people? Yes, but with God a person is either in or out. It’s tempting to want to call seemingly good and loving folks who are doing great deeds “Christians,” but God draws the line still by whether they are in or out of Christ.

It is up to us to have the courage to hold the line and build the wall in the face of opposition or give in to the pressure to re-draw God’s line.

Are you courageous to stand for God?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#devotional #fellowship #love