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Love of our Lord and Savior

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Love of our Lord and Savior

 

Scripture reading: John 14:16–18 – “And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper (the Comforter), that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

 

Ten days after Jesus left this earth, the Helper (Comforter) came to the disciples at Pentecost.

 

Ever since, He has represented Christ’s presence with His true followers.

 

Holy Spirit brings that combination of power and gentleness, encouragement and needed correction, grace and truth.

 

He pours God’s love into our hearts – Romans 5:5: “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

 

Galatians 5:22.23 shows what happens when we open up to God’s love: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

 

John points out that we cannot return our love to God or to our fellow men without first experiencing His love to us – 1 John 4:9–11: “In 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. 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. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

 

Apostle Paul speaks in the same terms in Romans 5:6–10: “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled we shall be saved by His life.”

 

So when apostle John says: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another,” we need to learn that way of life, what do you think?

 

Jesus put it this way in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

 

Dear friends, loving others is not hard at all when we spend time looking at Calvary, contemplate Gethsemane, follow Jesus through the pages of the Scriptures and in self-surrender and repentance open our hearts to the love of God and to the word of God.

 

How do we learn of Jesus?

 

Not by watching shallow movies and soap operas.

 

God’s love is not that sentimental emotional, self-centered, self-sensitive and fickle nonsense we cannot but see, read and observe all around us.

 

God’s kind of love is the fruit of the Spirit and His love has power to change, elevate and transform our self-focused kind of love.

 

I was watching a report from the country of Rwanda and what is taking place there after the horrible genocide of Tutsis by Hutus. Well it was not so cut and clear.

 

Share the stories of forgiveness…

 

Share another story of the battered and nearly killed pastor by 3 young robbers

 

We cannot love like that!

 

Some Christians believe that the Holy Spirit will automatically give you that kind of love.

 

This is only partially true – He will implant the seed of love and give you capacity to love.

 

He will lead us to Jesus, to look at Him, to learn from Him.

 

2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in the mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

 

2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV: “But we who with unveiled faces all reflect (contemplate) the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

 

For the coming week I would like to ask you to do 2 things:

 

1)      Spend quality time contemplating Jesus in the Scriptures

 

2) While you are affected by it, go and reveal His kind of love to people around you