5 Points On Love

Valentines day is the day that everyone wants to have a valentine. If you are not married, you probably want a fiancee or a close friend to be beside you today. I am blessed to have a wife, daughter, and two sons who mean the world to me today. But more than they could ever be for me is the greatest love hero of all. I just want to remind us what real love looks like in a world where love is traded for a cheap compromise.
Here are some points.
1. Love is sacrificial. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friend.” John 15:13
The greatest sacrifice ever is to lay down your life for a friend.
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person, though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die, but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8
Christ Jesus died, not for friends, but for enemies in order to make them friends with God. Our love is not in anything we have done but what God in Chtist has done for us. I have never heard of anyone in history dying for an enemy. It is unheard of, but the extent of God’s pursuit for us seems limitless.
2. Love is unconditional. I don’t care if anyone tells me otherwise. Love is unconditional or it is not love. For example if you died for someone you cannot take that back. Or if you have a child and that child changes their name he or she is still your child and you do not cease to love and die for that child and that child will always have to reckon with you. “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Romans 8:33 Also, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to seperate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
That is unconditional love!
See what kind of love the father has given to us, that we dhould be called the children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1
It is as though Christ does not consider himself complete without us. The relentless pursuit that he has gone through to get sinners into His family is ehat Paul describes as the mystery of the gospel in Ephesians.
3. Love is patient, kind, and gentle. Modern culture tends to portray love as power. Having money, fame, worship, and approval is what will win yhe fair lady’s heart. But when Paul describes love that os greater that faith and hope, that is not what he describes at all.
  “Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not boast. It does not insist on it’s own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I don’t know about you, but I think that a lot of modern men would say that the kind of love displayed in those verses is weak or unmanly. The devil seems to have this culture by the throat doing his will when it comes to the issue of love.
But those examples are exactly how the Bible describes the display of love.
4. God is love. The Bible goes as far as saying that those who do not love are not God’s. “Beloved, let us love one another for love is from God and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
This is why we should make it our best effort to love not only our family and friends, but our enemies. Have you ever had a family member, class mate, or co-worker who was just unbearably critical of everything you have done? As if the good things you do are not good enough and the bad things are front page news in the Gossip Times under the Saturday Slander column? The Bible commands us to respond in love towards our persecutors as Christ did towards his. Do not forget that you were once an enemy of God.
So then, we love others because we were first loved by God.
5. Love is fear. I believe that the opposite of love is fear. “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 John 4:18
The enemy of love is fear. Romans 8 says there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Yet for us to fear punishment for our sin and to continue to live in guilt, weigh our good deeds with our bad in order to find righteous standing does not display love. It displays us worshipping ourselves instead of God. I shouldn’t have to open up Romans 1 for you to know what I mean. We need to rest in the fact that God loved us to the point of death and ee should fearlessly die for others with joy and gladness. Because in the end, there is no greater joy than to have lived and loved and enter into eternity than to have lived fearfully and selfishly and go into eternity to face the righteous wrath of a Holy God whose love was perfectly and simply displayed on the Cross of Christ. I pray that we will all take a hold of that love today and lead our families to do the same. Remember, God’s got you, because it is by His love that you are made righteous and blameless before Him. Happy valentines day!

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