Archives of my weekly Verse and Message can be found at my blog link:
1 John 4: 7-12 (The Message Paraphrase)
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time lovedGod, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us–perfect love!
I had the opportunity to witness the beautiful nuptials of two dear friends a week ago Sunday, Lamar and Andrea Adcock. I was also invited to attend a 50th wedding anniversary celebration of two other dear friends, the Rev Elias and Nelle Gurubel. Unfortunately I was only able to attend one event, but what a day to celebrate love that the Lord had created.
Authors of the best selling book The Ten Commandments of Dating, Dr. Samuel Adams and Ben Young have described love as so much more than feelings. Many define love as an emotion or sentimental words rather than the reality of love is manifested through action.
I think their description is on target:
“Poets, philosophers, and theologians have tried to unravel the mysteries of love in an attempt to arrive at a precise definition. And certainly many wise things have been said about love. But to really understand love in its purest form, we must go to the Author of love.”
“God is love. And, He decided to display this love through the most dramatic act in human history–the ultimate demonstration of love–Christ’s death on the cross. There is no greater example of love than Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. It would take the coldest hearts to be unmoved by this dramatic demonstration. From this we understand and appreciate the fundamental characteristics of real love.”
“First, it shows us that LOVE INVOLVES ACTION. Real love is not merely a thought, a feeling, or undemonstrated words, rather, it manifests itself through action. God demonstrated His love; God sent His Son. These are action words.”
“Second TRUE LOVE IS SACRIFICIAL. It includes some element of selfless giving, putting aside your own needs for the sake of another. When God gave up His one and only Son as payment for the sin of the world, He essentially gave up a part of Himself.”
“Third, this genuine form of LOVE IS TRANSFORMING. True love is such that it has the potential to change others’ lives for the better. Touching others with true love creates the opportunity for some kind of growth, change, or maturity. Back to our ultimate example, God loved us by giving us His Son. When you accept and embrace His gift of love, the result is transforming; you have new life, restored relationship with God, and access to the power that raised Christ from the dead. You are literally in a process of changing from the inside out.”
Unconditional genuine love chooses to love regardless of any circumstance, emotion, or condition. When we love without condition, we reflect the love of Christ. When we love others before ourselves, we represent Jesus. Real love is limitless.True love is a MOVEMENT.
LOVE IS A VERB – TAKE ACTION TO LOVE NO MATTER WHAT!
HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS!