Living in Love February 13, 2021

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This morning Tammy and I had the joy of participating in a special couple’s brunch and marriage seminar. Like many other holidays, Valentine’s Day provides an emphasis that should be remembered year round. Husbands, we are to love our wives (and show it) every day!

People around the world are speaking the language of love…at least for a day. But true love is not limited to a day or expressed only in words. The God of love intended that His children would live in His love all the time.

Jesus even said that this would be the distinguishing characteristic of His followers: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). That’s a big IF.

It is to be expected that men without God will be harsh and hateful, but shouldn’t it be expected that God’s people would be loving and kind?

  • Living in love means that we must have a fresh realization of God’s love for us. “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
  • Living in love means that we must have a fresh demonstration of our love for God. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
  • Living in love means that we must have a fresh application of the love of God to others. “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also” (1 John 4:20-21).

Love is to be the guiding principle of every relationship in our lives! We are to love God (Matthew 22:37), love our neighbor (Matthew 22:39), love the brethren (1 John 3:14), love souls (Jude 22), and love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). The Christian life by definition is a life of love.

Tomorrow we are dropping five special episodes on our Youtube channel called The Love of God. This series is a study of the summary passage on charity – 1 Corinthians 13. I would like to encourage you to listen to each prayerfully and examine your own “love life.” God’s love is the answer for every fleshly temptation and every sin of the spirit.

A world plagued by hatred and marked by divisiveness desperately needs to see people living in love. The beauty of God’s love is a stark contrast to the ugliness of sin. There is nothing more attractive that a believer filled with the love of God.

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