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Week 51 Day 3
a few years ago a senator said
you cannot legislate love
or make me love anybody I dont want to
yet our Lord made a very puzzling statement
to love one another
as he has loved us
how can love possibly be commanded
and feelings be told to respond in a certain way
they cannot be ordered about
turned on and off like thoughts
like electric lights
so it must be something else that the Lord
had in mind
that love is more
than a feeling
than an emotion
love as the Lord used that term
is primarily a commitment
an overriding desire
an intentional act
a commitment of the spirit
that transcends the immediate moment
that overcomes the circumstances
when the emotions burn out
when the feelings have departed
love one another as I have loved you
our Lord said
not only that it is good for us
and for the people we love
but that others will know to Whom we belong
LOVE IS AN ACTION WORD
The test of faith is love. So what is the test of truth?
I John 3 & 4
1By this we know love, because He laid down His life for
us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue,
but in deed and in truth. 19By this we know we are of the
truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 21Beloved,
if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward
God. 22Whatever we ask we receive from him, because we
keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing
in His sight. 23This is His commandment: that we should
believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one
another, as He gave us commandment.
24Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him,
and He in him. By this we know that He abides in us, by the
Spirit whom He has given us.
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits,
whether they are of God; because many false prophets have
gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the
flesh is of God, 3and every spirit that does not confess that
Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.
4You are of God, little children, and have overcome them,
because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
5They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world,
and the world hears them. 6We are of God. He who knows
God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this
we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8He who
does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9By this
the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent
His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live
through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but
that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for
our sins. 11 If God so loved us, we also ought to love one
12No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another,
God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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