Monday, March 27, 2017

Love is a fruit of the Spirit of God. Probably you have a good idea of what love is, from God's perspective. Many people don't know what love is. The Bible tells us that: "God is love."
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. He that does not love, does not know God; for God is love... Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.  { 1John 4:7-10}

Since the fall of mankind the word love has been stomped upon, dirtied, and twisted. We can all remember the oldest line in the book, the guy says, I love you so it's ok. Ha, how many unsuspecting girls have fallen for that line, and what does it have to do with love? Nothing. And how many young people have given their hearts away to someone who has trampled on it, with no regard for them, and left a relationship feeling that love is not worth it. If this is love, why bother?

Biblical love is not a feeling, but a commitment.Yes, the feelings can and should be there, but when the tough times come, and they always do, it is the commitment to the words that were said at a altar years before that hold a relationship together. When we don't understand why a person does what they do, the covenant of love holds strong.

I guess the best definition of love is summed up in the other fruit of the Spirit. Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Only a relationship with Christ can grow these fruit in our lives. If you have never asked Jesus to come into your life, repented from your sin, and to lead and guide you, why don't you do it right now? Tomorrow is never guaranteed. The word in our verse for today- propitiation, means that He took our place on the cross, because He is the sinless Son of God. Because of sin, we deserved to be there, but in His love for us, He went to die in our place. Now that is a true definition of LOVE!

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