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True Love
2/7/2017

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NKJV)

As we approach another Valentine's Day next Tuesday, there’s another opportunity to take a moment to say, “I love You” to that special person we profess to love. 

It has been estimated that over a billion dollars worth of chocolate is purchased. An additional 189 million long stem roses are also sold, and according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association, 145 million valentine cards are sent in the U.S. each year. Again all of these things are being purchased and sent with hopes of conveying the message, “I love you.”

Now sending these gifts to someone you care about can be a true blessing, and receiving them can be exciting and heartfelt for sure. But I would like to take just a brief moment to pass on God’s definition of love. It doesn’t come with a card, nor do we have to worry about gaining any extra weight, but if it is truly given, then something magnificent will definitely bloom. So let’s take a look at true love according to God’s Word (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

· Love suffers long and is kind

· Love does not envy

· Love does not parade itself

· Love is not puffed up

· Love does not behave rudely

· Love does not seek its own (is not self-centered)

· Love is not provoked

· Love thinks no evil

· Love does not rejoice in iniquity (wickedness, evil, sin)

· Love rejoices in the truth

· Love bears all things (shoulders—does not expose)

· Love believes all things

· Love hopes all things

· Love endures all things, and lastly, 

· Love never fails.

Our love for one another shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions or certain days of the year—it should be a continuous act of selflessness and others-centered living. This is only possible with God’s help—but it is possible if we truly love our Lord. If we do not possess this type of love, nor desire it, we probably do not have Jesus living in our heart, and we are spiritually bankrupt. 

The Apostle Paul said it well when he said, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Cor. 13:1-3).

STUDY QUESITON: What can we learn about true love according to what Jesus said in John 13:34-35

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord daily—for His guidance, leading, and fresh filling (Eph. 5:18), so you can love others with a true love?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make it your heart's desire to love others in the same way Jesus loves you. Choose to be selfless instead of selfish—other’s-centered, rather than self-centered.

PRAYER: Father, I thank You for allowing Jesus to show me how to love others. Fill me afresh today with Your Spirit and empower me to look to the best interests of others rather than looking out primarily for my own interests. Help me to love others in the way You have loved me. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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