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LOVE, Got It???

  

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.”

“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1Corinthians 13:4-8 & 13(NASB)

Paul making a point here. In this section of the bible Paul is is endeavoring to help give understand to the spiritual gifts that come along with the Spirit of Christ. No matter who receives them, or what those gifts may be to each individual, without Love its pretty much meaningless as described in the entire thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians. Love is always got to be the motivation of our action and that includes the Gifts from God. Without Love being the motivating factor the purpose of using the things God has given us delves in the realm of serving some human purpose, like the humanity of man. As good as some people can be, all human philanthropy has it limitations.

In the first place in order to be HIS we must contain the Spirit of Christ in our personal relationship with Jesus Our Lord and ultimately God Our Father.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Romans 8:9(KJV)

Now we can take our actions set forth from this point of being spiritual people. For Example look at an expanded view of Roman 8: 5-9

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Roman 8: 5-9(KJV)

Only a spiritual mind set can deal in the REALM OF THE SPIRIT. This is the first characteristic of God

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:24 (NASB)

This is the first characteristic of God that we must follow, SPIRIT. We can only do this by his Grace and receiving the First Gift from Him!! “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23(NASB) Romans chapter 6 and 7 leads into Romans chapter 8 First of all we must understand that God Loves us so much that he gave us way out of sin, then Death. The free Gift Of God, Eternal Life.

Next we can talk about LOVE. This is the second characteristic God desires us to follow everything God does is generated from his Love for mankind. Sometimes people don”t see or understand that. I believe it is a lack at looking at the big picture. Mankind as a whole, Start to Finish. Where Man Started and where Man Ends up. He started with God and got a little lost ( actually a lot Lost ), but through many trials and tribulations ends up back Totally with God.

“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
1 John 4:8 (NASB)

“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
1 John 4:16(NASB)

Lets LOVE and be motivated by Love always

Another Food for Thought

Love You All,

JimT

5 Responses to “LOVE, Got It???”

  1. on 24 Aug 2011 at 8:45 pmDoubting Thomas

    Great article Jim!!!
    I especially liked it where you said, “Lets LOVE and be motivated by Love always”.

    Sometimes when I get in heated discussion with someone about my beliefs, I forget that the whole reason for me discussing my beliefs with someone else is out of love. Love for the truth and love for the other person who I want to try and get to see the things that I can see. Even if the other person doesn’t agree with me, at least I can try (as best I can) to get them to see things from my point of view.

    Of course like Angela said, we should first ask questions so that we can understand their point of view, before we start going into what our own point of view might be…

  2. on 24 Aug 2011 at 9:08 pmXavier

    The crux of this famous chapter to me is when Paul says that love “does not rejoice/embrace wickedness/evil”. Proving that “truth” has an ethical/moral quality to it and not just what Christendome has labeled as ethical/moral behaviour.

    So all these churches who preach day in and day out solely on the behavioural aspects of “Christian living” should be seeking to answer for themselves the question Pilate asked Jesus:

    Quid est veritas?

  3. on 24 Aug 2011 at 9:23 pmDoubting Thomas

    Xavier,
    I just Googled “Quid est veritas?” and it means “What is truth?” I believe that God’s truth is revealed to us when we study his word and ask him for guidance in understanding it…

  4. on 25 Aug 2011 at 6:49 amXavier

    DT

    …God’s truth is revealed to us when we study his word and ask him for guidance in understanding it…

    Most of those people I describe above would say they do DT. Yet, we have more than 30 000 different “interpretations” based on the same book.

  5. on 25 Aug 2011 at 4:13 pmDoubting Thomas

    Xavier,
    That is true, but how many of these people ask God for guidance and then try their best to ignore their preconceptions and just read the text with an open mind???

    I think instead of looking to God for guidance most people will turn to a lexicon or some other writing that was written by a so called religious expert and take their beliefs from there. I personally don’t trust so called religious experts, although I respect people that have dedicated their lives to studying God’s word. Like I said to Tim in another thread. Y’shua said in Matthew 11:25;

    “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children.”

    It seems clear to me that the truth can be understood by anyone, even an uneducated layman like myself. This also rules out any possibility of paradoxes that are just too complicated and beyond the comprehension and understanding of us mere mortals (as the Trinitarians claim). At least that’s the way I see it anywaze…

  

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