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Only God Can Define Love

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:3

 Love is the greatest of the Christian virtues. Jesus said that His disciples would be known for their love for one another. The Law and the Prophets are summed up in love toward God and love toward your fellow man. No godly virtue has ever been attacked and distorted as that of love.

 Since Jesus has sent His followers forth as lights in a dark world, it is extremely important that we accurately portray and define true love. The Bible says that God is love. God does not merely have love or feel love, He is love - love is the very nature of His character. Everything that God says or does is motivated by true love. If the saints do not accurately define Godís love the devil will present a corrupted version which will deceive people. Godís love not accurately defined will produce an idol.

 Letís take a moment to show what love is not. Love does not rejoice in sin or deception. Love does not withhold correction or discipline. Love does not break Godís Commandments. Love does not tolerate sin in the Church body. Love is patient and kind. Love forgives - and does not hold on to a wrong suffered.

 The Bible actually defines love - you might be surprised by this truth. "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His Commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments; and His Commandments are not a burden to us." 1 John 5:2-3   - as we just read, "love is keeping the Commandments."Jesus often told His disciples that if they loved Him they would keep His Commandments.

When God destroyed the world with the flood He was motivated by love. The Flood story is a love story. God saw that manís thoughts were continually evil and the earth was filled with violence. It broke Godís heart when He realized that He must destroy them if they refused to change - "I am grieved in My heart, and am sorry that I have made man." A just God could not allow the world to continue in such a state. Noah preached a plea of repentance for 120 years yet no one received the message that would save them. This was Godís love defined.

"If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you." John 15:19

God is patient with sinners but He will never tolerate them - He loves them too much to allow them to stay in that condition. Godís love is designed to move sinners to repentance, not to become comfortable in their sins. The Bible says that God is storing up wrath for the Day of Vengeance, yet He finds no pleasure in destroying the disobedient and desires that all be saved. To forgive a sinner who confesses His wrongs is much different from allowing a person to continue to violate Godís Law - this would be unjust.

There are many people in the world who are greatly offended by the actions of God which are recorded in the Bible. Noted Atheist Richard Dawkins, author of "The God Delusion" writes that God is"arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction" - Ďpsychotic" - "unjust" - "unforgiving" - "control freak" - "blood thirsty" - "a capriciously malevolent bully", etc.

God of course, is none of those things. But God, being the author and creator of life - having made man for His purpose and glory - to fulfill His plan of expanding His Family by bringing many sons to glory through Christ - has every right to command obedience to His will. We did not create ourselves. We do not own ourselves. And when man joined Satanís rebellion against God and was corrupted by sin which is punishable by death in hell, God emptied Himself to become a man to suffer and die in our place. The Father gave His Son, and the Son laid down His life in order to save us and raise us up to glory.

 

 

 

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