BY REV. DAVID NIX - ANCHOR CHURCH — SPIRIT LAKE
I was studying the scriptures a few days ago, when I came across 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter, and it hit me very hard. Do I really love the people around me? Can I truly say that I love everyone? No, I can not say that. I fail at loving everyone all the time.
The first thing I have to do is ask myself, what is my motive? Do I do what I do for a reward? Or do I do what I do because I truly care and love?
As I prayed and searched the scriptures, the Lord brought to light that, without him, I cannot love. Love is something God does and, without God, there is no love.
1 John 4:10: "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
Ephesians 5:25: ". . . Christ . . . loved the church and gave Himself up for her."
Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
1 John 4:8: Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Did you notice how love edifies? It builds up the body of Christ. Forgiveness means that we wipe the record clean and never hold things against people. So just what is love? Do you know any word that has been more abused?
Many a seducer last night whispered these words, "I love you,"Ě into the ears of a woman to whom he was physically attracted. Love. We all want to be loved. How tragic it is that so much of our love misses the mark of God's definition.
Webster dictionary gives these definitions of love:
(1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
(2): attraction based on sexual desire
(3): affection based on admiration, benevolence or common interests
b: an assurance of affection
2: warm attachment, enthusiasm or devotion
3a: the object of attachment, devotion or admiration
b(1) : a beloved person
(2) British —used as an informal term of address
4a: unselfish loyal and benevolent, concern for the good of another:
(1): the fatherly concern of God for humankind
(2): brotherly concern for others
b: a person's adoration of God
5: a god (such as Cupid or Eros) or personification of love
6: an amorous episode: LOVE AFFAIR
7: the sexual embrace: COPULATION
8: a score of zero (as in tennis)
9 capitalized, Christian Science: GOD
What is Gods definition of love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love suffereth long: it is bountiful: love envieth not: love doth not boast itself: it is not puffed up:
5 It doth no uncomely thing: it seeketh not her own thing: it is not provoked to anger: it thinketh no evil:
6 It rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth:
7 It suffereth all things: it believeth all things: it hopeth all things: it endureth all things.
8 Love doth never fall away, though that prophesyings be abolished, or the tongues cease, or knowledge vanish away.