1 Corinthians 16:14 NASB
Let all that you do be done in love.
Romans 12:9 NASB
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
I finished up the series LOVE WINS at The Community Fellowship on Sunday, and this week I hope that share some things that God is working on in my heart and in my understanding.
One of the things that love, real love, shares is the lack of hypocrisy. Conditional love is hypocritical because it changes with situations, feelings or one of thousands of other things.
John 13:34-35 NASB
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
We prove we are disciples of Christ when we love others. This is not easy. But when we choose to love others, we are honoring God and bringing pleasure to the one that really matters.
Love unlocks freedom in our lives. That freedom can be taken in lots of directions, yet God kind of love frees us and others rather than putting people in more bondage.
Galatians 5:13 NASB
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Love is a choice. It has always been a choice that God gave us. We can accept His love or reject it. We can love others or reject people. God’s kids are implored to keep themselves in God’s love.
Jude 1:21 NASB
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
Love is a state of being verb AND an action verb. Real love is attached to action that proves that love. Jesus did this by dying on the cross for us. We do this by giving people hope and life.
1 John 3:18 NASB
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
Jesus offers eternal life and abundant life to those who accept Him. Let action characterize your love for God and love for us. Our heavenly Father began that love, keeps real love and allows His love to flow. We can stop that flow, but that means we taint or change it to something other than God.
1 John 3:1 NASB
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 4:17 NASB
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
God’s love gives us freedom. May our lives help others be freed by the grace of God!