Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

God Is Love

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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 all love originates in God for God is love.

You will do for love what you will do for no other motivation. Nothing is impossible with love, and no one is too far gone.

God Loves The Whole World

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

To Save the World

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Born A New Creation

John tells us, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. 

He that doesn’t love doesn’t know God; because God is love. 

Through Jesus

In this, God’s love for us was manifested, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

This is love. not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Hey guys, if this is the way God loved us, we ought to love each other the same way.

Love Is A Consciousness Shift Into the heart of God.

Jesus Fulfills The Whole Law

Jesus came and fulfilled the whole law, all 613 commandments, and declared on the cross, “It is finished.” Our Jesus is our way out, or better yet, into living eternal life together, here and now.

So 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.

A New Commandment

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.

Love Defines and Reveals Us

This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love each other.

Love is the defining revelation of God in our lives.

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.

Love is Character

The fruit of the Spiritthe fruit of abiding in the vine, abiding in Jesus, is this: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It’s never rude, never seeks its own way. It’s never irritable or resentful.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always endures everything,

Love never fails.

Love and Fear cannot exist together in our heart.

Perfect love drives out all fear. 

Love Excludes No One

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ but I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

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 your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.

Love breaks the walls…from the inside out.

 

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