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A Few Brief Thoughts on Love

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Love is a command. It is a great virtue all Christians are to possess. The two greatest commands in Scripture are to love God and love our neighbor. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul says we can speak with the tongues of angels, have prophetic powers, give away all our possessions, and even be martyred, but if we do not have love we gain nothing. John tells us in 1 John 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Love is essential to the gospel and Christianity. It is something all Christians must practice. Love should define who we are, and yet do we really grasp this Biblical idea of love?

The first time love is mentioned in the New Testament is in Matthew 5. Jesus says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” Already Jesus is defining love different than the world does. Our love must go deeper. We must love those who hate and persecute us.

In John 15:12 Jesus gives a command to “love one another as I have loved you.” In the very next verse he says, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus loved his followers so much that he was willing to die for them. He says this is the love we are to imitate. Jesus went beyond this. In Rom. 5:7-8 Paul says it is rare for a person to sacrifice their life for the life of another good person, but “God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” Jesus died for his friends and his enemies. He gave his life for all and left us the ultimate example of love to follow.

The love we are to have is a sacrificial love. It is a love that does not just give off the top. It does not simply offer the leftovers. Our love costs us something. It costs us money we cannot afford to give. It costs us time we cannot waste. It costs us sweat and blood. Love is a sacrifice that we must be willing to make.

May the world always see the love of Christ in us.

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