Feb8SunFebruary 8, 2015
Who is the Author of love?
For many in the world, February 14 is recognized as “Valentines Day” where expressions of love are revealed or shown. On this day, everything from businesses, to vendors on the streets, to Hallmark stores, to jewelry stores, to floral shops, to restaurants ALL reflect the day. How is this type of love expressed? By exchanging cards, or showering a loved one, a spouse, child(ren), or family member(s) with gifts, flowers, balloons, candy this has been going on for years. History writes that he was a martyred saint during the Roman Empire, whether this is true or not it has made an impact on society where Christians celebrate it as well in one form or another. The Word of God (aka Bible) states “ . . . God is love . . . .” (I John 4:7-13).
The Love of God constrains one to do right when done wrong. “For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me” (Job 32:18). “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we’re all dead (II Cor. 5:14).” The Love of God keeps us from falling apart; holding everything together that is of God -- it keeps us in divine alignment!
True love loves at all times. It always seeks out the best in others. It is the greatest commandment and works overtime to fulfill its mission. It is the conduit of faith – “Faith worketh by Love” (Gal. 5:6). It is God INSIDE loving through us; to be able to walk IN this God-love you have to experience it for yourself. You have to recognize that this is not possible by your own efforts or ability. You have to open up and allow God through Jesus to invade your hearts so you will get to know the TRUE Author of love. The Love of God seeks to benefit others, to bless others at the expense of self. However, love has a counterfeit known as lust; lust seeks to gratify or satisfy itself, for the pleasure of self at the expense of others. Which “L” are you operating in?
“And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:17-19)
Make this a personal Prayer! Explore the wealth of God’s love for your benefit. Be flooded with His love – it is the pathway of being filled with all the fullness of God – “God is Love” (I John 4:8). It’s the ability to love someone for their benefit and not yours; to pour your good on their bad; to bless them when they curse you. It’s the Agape Love that led Jesus to the Cross.