Three little words that mean so much
Every human being has the capacity to both give and receive love.
Christians can easily talk about the love of God and refer to classic scriptures like John 3:16 but not really understand true love.
I learned something slightly different about love that I would like to share with you. I have wondered if I at least have taken this for granted, giving little consideration into this aspect of the divine. The bible says that God is love. 1 John 4:8 says this so plainly, we cannot miss seeing it—but do we See it?
This made me rethink the viewpoint that all we have to do is say the sinner’s prayer and regard it as an automatic ticket to heaven.
The next few verses tell us that this manifestation of the love of God has brought us into a wonderful position of being in right relationship by Jesus’ blood and that we have been acquitted of sin. No more guilt. No more shame. No more condemnation. No judgment and penalty. No more being on the receiving end of God’s indignation and wrath.
That’s what God’s love did and continues to do. It is not simply a matter of having Him do something once, but an ongoing process of continually working out His love in us, to us, for us and through us. What makes this so amazing is that it is a free gift. Its all of God. Any attempt on our part, other than to receive it and let it be worked out in our lives offends Him, because we in essence are telling Him that what He did at Calvary was not good enough and we can do it ourselves.
I can’t get out of John yet. He said in verse 14 that the Father sent Jesus to be the Saviour of the world, but we know that everyone in the world is not saved and will never be saved. It’s not automatic. We are not all the brotherhood of man, but we can be… Only those who really are born from above can call each other brethren. I can not call you my brother by natural birth, because our earthly parents are different. That blood line is just not there. When you and I personally apply the blood of Jesus however, we are then made to be brethren, because of His blood line that is applied by faith.
This is seen much in scripture. It is seen in typology in Exodus chapter twelve when the Passover Lamb had to be slain and its blood applied to the door-post and lintel of every house. If the head of a house did not apply that blood, they died. It had to be personally applied. It made no difference if they were descendants of Abraham or not—God said that He had to see that blood, or they would not be saved. God’s love has never changed. It was the same then as it is today. He is still looking for the personal application of the Blood of the Lamb.
It applies to the whosoever’s. When a whosoever person confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God comes in and starts to live in him and he in God.
That word confesses has nothing at all to do with religious confessionals. They are man made ordinances.
The closest I have been to “seeing God” was on my first visit to heaven when a “tunnel” opened in the sky one evening and I was whisked up and out through my bedroom window into this “tunnel” at fantastic speed. If you saw the Star Wars movies that show them jumping into light speed that is probably the only way I can describe it. I was taken upwards towards what looked like a gleaming and dazzling white marble throne adorned with precious gemstones and “someone” was sitting on it. The throne seemed to be miles wide, but this “person” filled it up. I could not see his features, because the light that emanated from him and surrounded him was too brilliant to look at. I do not know who this was, but I do believe it was a glimpse of the Great White Throne and I will not speculate any more.
Our part is to accept the invitation!
God was as always working to a plan and that plan was to shower His love upon us. He told Moses to build a tabernacle—so that he could dwell with His people. See Exodus 25:8.
It, as I have said many times before, had to be built according to His pattern and this principle still applies to the Church. This is why I keep saying that we have to return to the original pattern. God wants to dwell with us—and in us.
He loves us so much, He wants to make us His temple. I’ve already touched on this in John’s epistle.
The Greek word for perfected is teleioō and it talks about being complete, fulfilled, finished and consummated in character. When Jesus cried out triumphantly on the cross, teleō, meaning it is finished, our union with God was made complete and perfected. God could now live in us and He does this as John immediately added afterwards-
The Holy Spirit is the one who reveals it all to us and He...now lives inside us. He “arrives” because we “invite Him in” when we accept the offer of salvation. He then starts His work in us, empowering us, teaching us about all we need to know and to make us like Jesus.
Let me recap with this-
This status is entirely possible in the rotten here and now and not in the sweet by and bye, because He said so. This love is not a feeling or an emotion, but we can have the feelings and emotions along the way.
The love that Christians talk about, or should talk about is this kind of love. It is not a gift, but a fruit.
Our part in this is to allow the fruit to grow and not let the weeds of the old life and sinful nature choke the seeds.
I have found that many professing believers don’t really understand where we stand in the economy of things, despite the indwelling of the Spirit. He can only do what we let Him and we can only learn what He reveals in the word.
Love and hate are not opposites. Love’s counterpart is fear.
When sin entered, Adam and Eve hid themselves from God because they were afraid and said so. They tried to cover their spiritual nakedness in every way, other than God’s way and this is the trait that exists in religion. Oh, yes, there can be much fear in religion. Religion makes a sacrifice to appease God.
It tries to deal with the old nature of Adam by covering it with anything and everything imaginable, but not the way God ordained.
Some religious door-knockers came to my house recently and all that they could talk about was end time doom and destruction, Armageddon and the like. They asked me what I thought of such things and if I was afraid and I told them I was not worried about a thing...because if it did happen, I would be gone! I’d be with Jesus and they could not understand it. That’s a type of fear and it is rife. Another kind of fear is the fear of lack and poverty. Love is not perfected. We do not ignore what is going on around us, or the needs of our families and so on, but we learn to cast our cares (or fears) on Him, because He cares and loves us. If we do our part, He does His part.
What does it mean to love someone?
Most of us know of three different kinds of love, but there are more.
It is the agapaō love that I am referring mostly to. This is the God kind of love.
He expresses this towards us as you may know, but the Lord expects us to have this love for each other and mentioned this in places like John 15, where he commanded us to love each other.
Here is a great example of how seed bears fruit after it own kind. If we really are part of the vine, it is inevitable that love will be the fruit ad it is also inevitable that we will be pruned occasionally. Pruning hurts! It cuts, but it cuts off the things that are unproductive. Sometimes to get better fruit, certain branches must be cut away. Sometimes the early flowers and immature shoots are plucked off to make sure that all the nutrition necessary to produce the best fruit gets there and is not wasted unnecessarily. God does not want the sap of our love to be diverted elsewhere. He gives us all of His attention, so why not expect us to return it in like manner.
In Deuteronomy 6:5, we find what some people find to be a very odd commandment.
How can you force yourself to have a feeling? The Biblical “love” in this verse is different from the “love” or feelings that we find in romance books and movies.
The Hebrew word for love in this verse is ʾhāab. It does not refer to amorous love, or brotherly phileō love or even agapaō love, but absolute fidelity but what then is fidelity? This is faithfulness and trustworthiness in all areas.
I have shared all of these things to lead to this. God...has declared His love and fidelity to us so often it is almost mind boggling. He has repeatedly stated, “I love you” to us in so many ways we would be amazed if we could see it all.
His love is almost beyond description. We can only grasp a portion of it by what we glean in His word. This is much more important than I even realized. Reading and meditating the word of God (speaking it aloud, muttering and pondering over it) comes into the category of being a commandment!
He said that God has magnified His word above His Name.
God has magnified His Word above His Name
The Hebrew word for name in this instance is Shēm. It appears cover 860 times, so it ranks with the names YHVH and Yahweh.
If therefore God is love, one of His Names has to be Love and if He has magnified His word as we have just seen, His word is higher than His love. Think about this for a moment… Now let me ask you this, “How do you know that God loves you?"
It cannot be according to your feelings and emotions because they change. It cannot be according to your location, conditions and circumstances because they are all variables.
I have not touched much on the aspect of our love for God and only but touched on the various forms of expression of human love.
What I endeavored to do is to give you a taste for discovering more about the Love of God that is personal, deep and intense. He is very possessive of us, but in good way. He is also very jealous over us, again in a good way.
The important thing is that the love walk has to be maintained and it is not up to us to seek vengeance, but to pray for them and let it alone. When we stew over things, we can revert to the old man inside us and the fruit of the flesh nature seen in Galatians 6 takes over.
The Lord wants the fruit of the Spirit to motivate us. I saw then how much His love for us is all embracing. It is possessive and it is intense, so we are to reciprocate in like manner by loving each other, which we cannot really do without His help. If you look at Galatians 5, Paul said in verse 14 to love others in the way we should love ourselves, warts and all. He then told us that if we bite and devour each other as they were doing to me, they would be consumed which happened.
As I said earlier Jesus was sent because of God’s love for mankind.
I’ve given you numerous scriptures to weigh up, hoping I suppose to encourage you and be a blessing to you. I enjoyed myself when researching this topic and have to admit that the more I look into it, the bigger it gets.