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God Is Love

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God is love.

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.

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. 

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.

Jesus came and fulfilled the whole law, all 613 commandments. And He said, “It is finished.“..righteousness completed, our debt paid. Jesus is our way out, or better yet, into living eternal life.

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.

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

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.

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.

 

 

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