What Is Love?
Ah! February is here! It has snuck up on me once again! I am so glad I am writing this article for the Newsletter. It has reminded me to prepare a token of my love and adoration for the most meaningful person in my life.
Most people think of February as being the month celebrating love. For the Christian, our expression of love is to be expressed year round. But we all must admit, we do need to be prompted from time to time to express our love for each other. The most effective prompting, and the one that will be on track with what another person needs, is the prompting that comes from the Holy Spirit. He not only prompts us when to love, but He also prompts us how to love.
Christ prompted His disciples to love in John 13:34-35. He said “A new command 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." Loving one another is a decision as well as a commitment. Love is a verb! But love can only be love if it is done the way God would do it. I have to admit I need some help! I need to allow God the Holy Spirit to help me measure up where I am deficient in love. I am lacking!
We read in 1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Wait! If I don’t love, I don’t know God! How is this? Think about it this way. If I truly know God, He lives inside of me. If He lives inside of me, I am allowing Him to do the work He desires to do in me. As a result my heart will beat more like His. The more that happens, the more I act as Christ would. The more I love as Christ would love.
This is as Galatians 2:20 describes, It is Christ living through me. He longs to love the world through me. His love is perfected in us when we love (1 Jn. 4:17). If I cannot love another person it is because I am not willing to let God love them through me.
The origin of love is God. We love because He first loved us. How is His love expressed in our everyday life? We bear one another’s burdens. We pray for one another. We have fellowship with one another. We participate in life with each other. We are part of each other. “Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). We allow God’s Holy Spirit to teach us how to love one another (1 Jn. 2:27). Take every opportunity to allow God to perfect His love in you.
This month focus on these passages pertaining to love: John 13:5-17, 35-36; 1 Cor. 13:4-8; 1 John 3:1-2.
In the Love of Christ,