Posts Tagged ‘Love


The Stumbling Stone

Peter, in talking about the Cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ, says that those of us who believe in Jesus find Him to be precious. Those who do not believe in Him find themselves stumbling over Him. Peter writes:

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
8 and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. – 1 Peter 2:7-8 (NIV)

Those who love Jesus find hope, joy, peace and love in Him. We love to worship and obey Him. Those who reject Jesus end up tripping over Him on their way to destruction. One of the important things we can do as followers of Jesus is to show the world who He really is. We do this by striving to look more like Him in the way that we love, serve and forgive others in His name. When people see Jesus in us, they’ll want to follow Him too.

How We Treat Others

Good Wednesday morning to you! At the end of 1 Peter 1, the apostle Peter says that we have been born again. This means that, through Jesus, we have been mad new through the living Word of God. So how are we to then live? Peter writes:

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. – 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV)

These character traits that we are to rid ourselves of have to do with how we treat other people. Malice is ill-intent toward others. Deceit is lying to others. Hypocrisy is trying to fool others into believing you’re something that you’re not. Envy is wanting what others have. Slander is trying to ruin another’s reputation. If we truly love one another deeply from the heart, we will not treat one another in these ways. We’ll treat them the way that we want to be treated. We will sincerely love them like Jesus loves them.

Love From The Heart

There is no better way to define the message of Christianity than in a single word: love. The very last command Jesus gave His followers was to love one another. He summed up three years of teaching with this one command. The apostle John and the apostle Peter both reiterated this command in their letters. Peter wrote:

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. – 1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)

When we obey the truth of Jesus’ message, we have true, unconditional love for each other. Peter wants us to take it a step further. We are to love each other deeply and from the heart. We bear each other’s burdens. We serve one another in love. We sincerely forgive one another and we don’t hold grudges. We pray with and for one another. Love is not optional for the followers of Jesus. It is a result of a life transformed by the love of Christ.

It’s So Simple

Being a follower of Jesus can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. John wrote this:

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. – 1 John 4:15-16 (NIV)

How do we know if we are truly a follower of Jesus? First, acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. When you surrender your life to Jesus, He lives in you and you in Him. Second, live a life of love. If you are living in God, then you will live a life of love because God IS love. If God is in you and you are in Him by His grace through faith in Jesus, you will live a life of love. True fellowship with God results in living a life of love. If you are not living a life of love, then you’re not living in God and He’s not living in you. It’s that simple.

Let’s Love Each Other

In 1 John 4, the Apostle John is reminding his audience that God put the love He has for the world into action. He did not merely love with words. God put love into action when He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice that would take away our sins forever. So how do we respond to such love? We love others. John wrote:

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – 1 John 4:11 (NIV)

We receive the love of God and should share that kind of love with others. Jesus said to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. The key to being a follower of Jesus is to live a life of love. Love God and love people. We can get it so wrong thinking that being a follower of Christ is all about being right. Being a follower of Christ is all about love. We love God because He loves us and because He loves us, we love others. There is no better way to live.

Do You Really Know How To Love?

When it comes to love in the church, we can talk a pretty good game. We can say that we love God. We can say that we love our brothers and sisters in Christ. But do we really know what that means? The Apostle John wrote:

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

If we do not love our brothers and sisters in the church, then we do not know God. It is utterly impossible to truly know God and not love others because God is the very definition of love. God is the very source of love. Love has to be more than words. Love has to be put into action as well. If we do not love with actions, then we don’t truly know God because God not only says He loves the world, He proved His love for us by sending Jesus to take our punishment for our sins. In your relationships with your brothers and sisters, focus on how you can put love into action and not just give it lip service.

Love Comes From God

On the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He gave His disciples one last command. He told them to love one another. His disciple, John, took it to heart and wrote about it quite a bit. In his first letter, he said this:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 (NIV)

God is the source of love. We need to love one another in the church and when we do, we demonstrate that we belong to God and that we know God. Everything Jesus did was motivated by His love for the Father and His love for people. For followers of Jesus, we should have the same motivations. We can believe the right things and try to be on our best behavior, but if don’t love, we don’t know God. Without the love of God, we’re nothing.

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