Wednesday, 10 February 2016 08:29

It's All About Love

Written by  Pastor Kemi Searcy
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Valentine’s Day is thought to be the epitome of “love,” expressing our affections through giving flowers, heart-shaped candies, fluffy teddy bears, etc. Love is a powerful emotion and an amazing gift to humanity. The ability to give and receive love is a gift from God and must not be downplayed.


We are not the only ones thinking about love and expressing it daily. The Architect of Love, God Almighty, loves us every minute of our day.

As a matter of fact, the concept of love originated from Him. He was the One who created us with a desire to want to be loved, and gave us the ability to give love. When we love, we are simply imitating our Father.


Paul speaks about love in the New Testament: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

 

What is Love?
Love is not the warm fuzzy way someone will make you feel, but the highest level of Christian maturity. Paul says above that if we give our bodies to be burned in favor of someone, and I do it for show and not for love, it is a wasteful effort. If I give all my possession without the motive of love, it will not profit me at all. Wow! Here are two aspects of true love that the Scriptures emulate:

 

1.  We must be rooted and grounded in Christ. A lawyer asked Jesus, “Master, what is the greatest commandment of all?” Jesus answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all your mind. And secondly you must love your neighbor as you love yourself. By so doing you will fulfill all righteousness.” (See Mark 10:17-27)


Jesus’ response to the lawyer should guide us. Our daily preoccupation must be to please the Lord with everything within us. We cannot halfheartedly love and serve Him. He gave us His all and we must give Him our all; 99.99% is not acceptable.


King David lived in the era of legalism but transcended his time with his thinking and inner pursuit. He had a love relationship with Jehovah God that was uncommon in his day. He saw God not just as Father, Master, Provider, Shelter, Protector, or even Savior, but also as Lover. David’s deep affection for the Lord is inscribed throughout his writings:

 

“As the deer pants after the water brooks,  so my soul pants for Thee, O God.”
Psalm 42:1

 

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.”
Psalm 27:4


Who talks like this except someone whose heart is captured by a deep passion for the Lord? He desired a steady gaze at the face of God perpetually. We must take time to study King David that we may learn to be awestruck and love God the same way.

 

2. Love is a command. Jesus did not merely suggest to the lawyer to love God, rather He demanded it. However, Jesus did not force the lawyer to do anything. God will not violate anybody’s will, but those who choose to follow Him must give their all.

 

How Are We to Love Him?


Here are three simple but profound ways to get started:

 

1. Love begins with desire. Ask the Lord to unveil His love in your heart.


2. Cultivate a love relationship. Read the Bible, study people like John the beloved, King David, the Apostle Paul, and Mary Magdalene. Find Christian books on love. Meditate on God’s love and goodness, worshiping Him.


3. By first loving God and waiting on Him, you will be primed and equipped to truly love others.

 

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.” — The Notebook 

 

Let’s allow Jesus to mesmerize us with his glory!
 

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