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God’s Love

God’s Love, love, Christians, Word of God, God is love, word, servant, lord, persecute, synagogues, Father, agapao, agapeA lot has been said about God’s love (Greek: agapaō) and Christians have different ideas about it.  Some think the love of God is fluffy-puffy like cotton candy and just as dense.  Some think the love of God is Jesus walking around Israel, grinning broadly with a lamb draped on his shoulders like a bath towel.  The scripture says, however, “God is love,” and if Jesus Christ is God, then the Word of God is love.

Listen: Until the Lord was about thirty years old there wasn’t much said about him.  I suppose he went about doing his duties, practiced carpentry, and attended the local synagogue.  But when God’s love in Christ really began to demonstrate itself in the flesh, it was manifested by the Lord Jesus’ teaching, and preaching, and healing.  There was also a price for his expression of love – persecution and crucifixion.   You see, if the Lord Jesus was just your typical good citizen, paid his taxes, and never opened his mouth about God’s love, he would have had a lot fewer problems, and certainly not been killed by the religious leaders of the day.  But because Jesus Christ loved us, and wanted us to become his children forever, he taught the truth, knowing full well the consequences.  And, of course, he was a doer of his word and not just a talker.

I would, therefore, submit that an important love expression of God is to teach and tell the truths as he did, and do what he said to do.  How about you?  Do you really love with the love of God?  Are you willing to suffer persecution and the cross to tell and teach others about the Lord?   How about you parents?  Do you really love your children?  Do you train them up in the way they should go, or do you think being a good parent is feeding them, putting a roof over their heads, taking them to the doctor for every  sniffle, and paying for a college education?  This is not real love.  The real love of God is to raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and everything else takes care of itself.  Of course, it might cost you more than the price of a college education to instruct your children in the word of God: the price of persecution, and maybe crucifixion.  According to John the apostle, the Word of God said, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” He also said, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you because they have not known the Father, nor me.”

Let’s talk about husbands loving their wives for a moment…

There is also the fluffy-puffy cotton candy love that many think is the most important love a husband can give to his wife.  You know, the expensive gift at Christmas time - Rome’s celebrating the Merry Murdering of Christ in the Mass; the big card at Valentine’s Day - whose namesake has his flowered crowned skull at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Rome; and by celebrating the day his wife was born a sinner - but not the day she was born againer.

And here’s the scripture so many of you girls don’t want to hear, or husbands take the initiative in, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Now that’s the love of God. (Check it out in Ephesians, boys)

How about you and your wife, the children, and the rest of the family?  Do you open the Bible together daily and sit at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ, teaching what he taught, and doing what he said to do?  Perhaps, if not, you love not with the love of God.

And so, until we meet again, remember… God loves you.  Read your Bible to yourself and to those you love.  And as a matter of fact, if the Lord inspires you while you read, you might let the others in on it.  This is called prophesying.  Hey! Maybe you’re a prophet - a little prophet - but a prophet nevertheless.

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen