2013-09-07 love photo What is Love? by Haddaway

In the YouTube clip linked above Haddaway asks the question, “What is Love?”  There are many ideas the world has of love.   The following reviews some of what the Bible teaches about God’s Love and the Christian Life.

God’s Love Toward Us

The ultimate example of love is Jesus Christ on the cross, bearing the sins of the world.

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6 to 8 NASB

Jesus Christ’s example shows us that God’s love is sacrificial for the benefit of others.  Jesus Christ died in our place, sacrificing His live, for our benefit.  Christ’s sacrifice allows us, by faith, to be reconciled to God for the forgiveness of sin and for eternal life.

Our Love Towards Others

We are called to love by Christ’s example; to love in the same manner Christ loves us.

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do what I command you.  John 13:12 to 14 NASB
A new commandment 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.  John 13:34 & 35 NASB

Just as Christ is the ultimate example of love; we are commanded to live by His example.  This love can only be manifested by the Holy Spirit working in us.  To help us spiritually manifest God like love there are many passages in the Bible.  One of the best teachings is provided by Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians.

The Motive of Works is Love

Paul first stresses the importance of love over works.  Works without love are nothing.  All Christian activity must first be viewed in light of the love objective.  Is our motivation to love as Christ loved us?

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.  1 Corinthians 13:1 to 4 NASB

What is Love?

Next, Paul answers the question “What is Love?”

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.  1 Corinthians 13:5 to 7 NASB

Every Believer should have these verses committed to memory.  Our every thought, word and deed should be producing love in accordance with this definition.

Believes all things does not mean believes everything anyone tells you.  Believes all things means that love is founded in faith.  It is by faith in God’s promises we can produce self-sacrificial love.

Love Never Ends

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.  When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.  But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:8 to 13 NASB

After the Great White Throne Judgment, Jesus Christ will present the Church along with all saved believers to God the Father.  We will be Face to Face with God the Father for the first time.  At that time, all prophecy will be fulfilled except our entrance into the New Heavens and Earth.  At that time, we will know God fully; ignorance of God will be eliminated.

The spiritual gifts associated with learning about God and His plan will no longer be needed.  They will all be done away because there will no longer be a need.  The spiritual gifts of prophecy, tongues and knowledge will end on their own account because there is no need.

What will be needed?  What will never end?  God’s Love for us and our Love for God.  Love is eternal.  Love never ends.  Love never fails.

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