When Love Is Expressed…

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 Jn 4:7 ESV.

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Per the above Scripture, we don’t manufacture love. Love comes from God. We are simply the agent that distributes love to others. Without the spiritual essence of God, we fool ourselves thinking we love someone when in actuality we confuse love with self-gratification. We make love an emotional feeling rather than a selfless act. Real love comes from God who is the author and manufacturer of love.

If you need a good definition for love, try this: Love is a Godly attitude expressed through a self-sacrificial act for the benefit of another.  Rather than pontificate further on love, we will let a few Scriptures do the talking.

 

* For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

* By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jn 13:35

* But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. I Corinthians 8:3

* Let all that you do be done in love.1 Corinthians 16:14

* …and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19

* And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

* For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,…2 Timothy 3:2-4

* By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1Jn 3:16

* Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 Jn 4:7

* Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love……. 1 Jn 4:8-12

* There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 Jn 4:18

* May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude 1:2

Let Love Lead.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Who? What?

 

…“knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.” 1 Corinthians 8:1 ESV

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One lesson we all eventually learn is when we inappropriately place the “what” before the “who.”

When reading the gospel accounts of Jesus, I am always intrigued by His discussions with the religious teachers. Maybe it was their intent to trap him in His interpretation of the law. Or maybe it was their self-righteous attitude in their misunderstanding of the law. Than again, maybe I am reading more into it than what is displayed. But the teachers that tried debating with Jesus seem to place greater emphasis on the “what” (information/knowledge) rather than the “who” (a loving relationship with the person).

For example, when seeking truth most of us seek information. Yet God teaches that Truth is personalized in Jesus Christ. From the central core of Jesus, all other truths prevail. The who comes before the what.

When Jesus was presented with the women caught in adultery, the accusers (most likely religious people who place the what above the who) wanted him to agree with their interpretation of the Law. Jesus, in his graceful and impactful manner simply began to scribble words in the sand. By the time he stopped, all the accusers fled. Jesus than forgave her sins and extended mercy to a fellow human being. He placed the who before the what.

Now the “what” is important. Knowledge leads to understanding and wisdom. But knowledge without relationship leads to legalistic, emotional brutality. Therefore, as Jesus demonstrated, the “who” takes precedence over the “what.”

So the next time you feel like pontificating what you know, stop. Instead, emphasize the “who.” In other words, let love lead. For from love, the “what” is more easily presented. From love, the “who” is honored and respected. From the basis of love, everything else falls into place. Yes, the “what” may be important, but the “who” is always more important.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married