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Love, the most powerful feeling, concept, and force of all time. Love is deeper than our comprehension, higher than our understanding and wider than our experience. Love is stronger than death. And it originates in God. God is love.
And Jesus gives us one new commandment. It supersedes the Law and the Prophets.
The Law is summed up in ” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’, and You shall ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
So He fulfills the whole law, and then Jesus ups the ante. He gives us, his disciples, only one commandment, “I’m giving you a new commandment: to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are to love each other.“
John tells us that If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.
“…just as I have loved you, you’re to love each other.”
This is powerful.
*Loving one another is proof that God dwells in us.
*This love is above and beyond what any law could ever do for us.
*This is where the truth of God and the grace of God kiss and meet in our lives.
*This is where the tension between faith and works is resolved, in the love of God.
*This is where the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man, dissolve and become one, in the love of God.
*This is where all our divisions unite and fall away, before the love of God.
These are the character traits of God. The Holy Spirit will cause us to bear God’s character, as we abide in Jesus. This is the outworking of what God has worked within us. And our champion is God’s love to draw it out of us.
Paul gives us a window view in: If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have not love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal.
This love of God, what we have in Jesus Christ, is the center and the heart of the gospel we proclaim.
And this is how we disciple the nations…by our love.
Love breaks the walls…from the inside out.