Let’s Talk about Love

Valentine’s Day is waiting for us all to fill the Day with Love! How does one do that? Let’s start with studying the written words of a beloved man, named John!

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.” I John 4-21 NLT

29 thoughts on “Let’s Talk about Love

  1. “And they will know that we are Christians by our love, by our love and they’ll know that we are Christians by our love” (the little chorus) refers to the love of God for our bros & sisters, shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who abides in us. And if we abide in Him then Christ’s life and love that is in us will enable us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. That is the only way we can love the “unlovely”, those whose habits or demeanor or attitudes or even cultural differences may not be our ‘cup of tea’, so to speak. But because they are brothers and sisters “in Christ” then we love them because they are of the family of faith in Jesus Christ.
    Now we know that this is a COMMANDMENT of our God as Sara stated above. But just knowing it doesn’t mean that it will happen unless we allow the Spirit of the Living God to love thru us. We have to allow it. We have to take the log out of our own eye so that we can help take the speck out of our brother’s or sister’s eye. That’s just the way it is. Love conquers logs and specks.
    This is a HOT topic, to be sure. This is the makings of an exciting discourse among the Lilies.

  2. Reading that scripture above from John seems to draw a clear line about the seriousness of love and either having it or not having it. If I understand it correctly, if you don’t have it, you are not a child of God and that means no eternity with God our Saviour. And even if you don’t believe it could possibly mean that, then there’s the part about being a liar if you hate (the opposite of love) your Christian brothers and sisters…and the Bible is clear about where liars end up and it isn’t in heaven.
    Then I read I Corinthians 13:3-7 (Message)about the scriptural definition of love…some pretty stiff standards and a clear picture of what I am if I don’t have love:
    “So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
    Love never gives up.
    Love cares more for others than for self.
    Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
    Love doesn’t strut,
    Doesn’t have a swelled head,
    Doesn’t force itself on others,
    Isn’t always “me first,”
    Doesn’t fly off the handle,
    Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
    Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
    Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
    Puts up with anything,
    Trusts God always,
    Always looks for the best,
    Never looks back,
    But keeps going to the end. ”

    Love sure isn’t a feeling… it is deliberate action.

  3. If we don’t love our brothers and sisters in Christ, if we are intolerant, puffed up, haughty, impatient of those in the community of believers then they are not our brothers and sisters because we are not in Christ’s love. So we are “odd man out”
    Jesus said that if we do not forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ then neither will the Father forgive us. And if we are the “UNFORGIVEN” then we are no longer destined for the Throne Room but for unquenchable fire for we have removed ourselves from the protection of the Blood of the Sacrificed Lamb of God. To forgive from our hearts is to love like Jesus loves. Without love we are “sounding gongs and clanging cymbals.”
    Love is tough. It is not the syrupy-sweetsy, shaking hands in the narthex of the church on Sundays and going out and destroying a pastor’s reputation with our tongues. And love is NOT an enabler. Love risks rejection in telling someone, a brother or sister the truth. Yes there is a godly approach in the telling but to fake it or overlook it when it is destroying our sisters/brothers is not agape love. It is self love.

  4. When I think on love I think, ponder, meditate and give and receive:

    “Love comes from within from the stroke of the Master’s Hand.” sm

  5. Some thoughts generated:
    We love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us. We would not have thought about it if His love had not drawn us to Himself. The love and goodness of God brings men to repentance. When the love of many wanes and grows cold, the antithesis of Love (evil) brings more and more wickedness upon mankind. We see it in our streets; in our homes; businesses; governments; churches?? Jesus said in Revelation not to lose our first love (of GOD) as when we were first redeemed. Love is so very powerful because Love is a PERSON GOD.

  6. “I wonder what love looks like. Good question Some more thoughts:
    Well, one thing it looks like is a crucified Savior, bleeding on the cross. It looks like a man getting up in the middle of the night to give his neighbor bread for a visitor. It looks like a little widow woman giving the last of her income to the poor box at church; it looks like someone going to his brother/sister and asking forgiveness; it looks a traveler coming to the aid of a victim of a robbery.
    Incidently, I heard a radio report that a man was waiting for the metro, minding his own business and reading a book when a group of teenagers accosted him and beat him up while the rest of the people waiting for the metro watched.
    No one came to his aid or helped in any way. “The love of many will grow cold and complacent to God and to their fellow man. This is NOT love. But you asked what love might look like. The Good Samaritan did an act of “love” It was not conjured up or emotional. It was an ACTION of GOODNESS.

  7. To add to MG’s list…love takes on many human forms. Someone using their God-given spiritual gift for their brothers and sisters in the body of Christ would be an example of what love could look like.

  8. Hmmm Gary said that God sends us mirrors so we can see the reflection of our hearts. That’s not ALL we will see if we keep on eating banana pudding, chocolate…oh and white mocha lattes…(you forgot).

  9. Love is sharing truth of words and hope from writers on The Daily Lily. It is surely a daily joy full of love to find the magic in expression of others believers in Jesus Christ.

  10. I agree that it is a joy…and strength and encouragement when needed most…I am grateful for the love shown here on The Daily Lily.

  11. By definition, love is: 1) “strong affection or liking for someone or something 2) a passionate affection of one person for another 3) the object of such affection; a sweetheart or lover 4) Tennis a score of zero”

    After reading the above definition, I can certainly understand why Mel Gibson named the movie: “The PASSION of the Christ”. Jesus LOVES us!!

  12. Deuteronomy 6: 5 says: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”.

    Yes, Sara, I believe love does involve the heart.

  13. I am presently doing a women’s Bible study entitled: “Beloved Disciple: The Life and Ministry of John”, by Beth Moore. I’d like to share some scripture Beth leads us in. Read with me John 21: 15-19. “When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’ Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’ The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch our your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. The he said to him, ‘Follow me!’ ”

    Do you think this scripture can help us on some of the understanding and discussion of “love”?

  14. Yes, Needles. Jesus said, :if you love Me you will obey Me and follow My commands” Two of His commands are to love one another and to feed His sheep. That’s what we are striving to do here on thedailylily.org…feeding His sheep; putting forth the Word of Love to the peoples of the nations.

    In Gwen Shaw’s book, The Lord ministered this to her. In teaching about Adam & Eve’s test of obedience & love, He placed the “tree” in the garden and gave instructions concerning it.
    Jesus told Gwen, “Everyone has this “tree” in his or her life. Even in your older years,Satan will try to tempt you to eat of this “tree”. Your love of ME will be tested over and over again by your willingness to obey ME. There are certain things that I will permit others to do but I will not permit you to do. Others may…you cannot! IF YOU OBEY ME your heart will have peace and joy. If you disobey Me you will have distress and a broken heart. When you love Me with all your heart, soul, mind and strength you will find it easier to obey Me.

    There you will have the true answer to how much you truly love the Lord, no matter what your lips say.(mg)

  15. What a wonderful explanation by Sister Gwen. This reminds me of the scripture:
    He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

    The following Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says:
    And he shall be like a tree – A description of the happiness or prosperity of the man who thus avoids the way of sinners, and who delights in the law of God, now follows. This is presented in the form of a very beautiful image – a tree planted where its roots would have abundance of water.

    Planted by the rivers of water – It is not a tree that springs up spontaneously, but one that is set out in a favorable place, and that is cultivated with care.

  16. Needles, to try to answer your question… I have a couple of thoughts…it seems the Lord was trying to convey to Peter what mattered most to His heart and to bring Peter into the fellowship of that. Maybe the question and answer session drew Peter closer into a loving fellowship of communication with His Lord…heart to heart.
    Also the Lord was reinforcing that love is not thoughts or wishes towards but doing.

  17. If someone says, “I Love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters… So if one states I LOVE GOD……and hate a Christian brother of sister….then that person is a liar. Revelationn 21:8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshiper and ALL LIARS -their fate is the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” So if one HATES their Christian brother or sister they’re allowing this very dangerous feeling(emotion) to lead them to a fiery lake of burning sulfur(the second death). It seems that instead of hating a Christian brother or sister we need to figure out where this hate is coming from. We need to look deeper at ourselves. What negative seeds are planted in our hearts. Anger? Bitterness? Greed? Rage? Jealousy? We need to acknowledge what it is before the Lord and ask for God to cleanse us and forgive us. We need to replace those negative seeds with God’s Holy Word. Ephesians tells us to Live in the Light. Ephesians 5: 1-14 “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ, he loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes-these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have the light from the Lord. So live as people of the light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” So instead of hating our Christian brother or sister, Live in the light. Changing our minds and hearts of flesh to minds and hearts of scripture from God’s true Word. Live using Jesus as our role model and show love to our Christian brother and sister….

  18. “live in the light” must be the key to a life of being in the well of knowledge or locked up in a den of wolves. Now Cf you got us cornered into making a choice to love or hate.

  19. Aha! Sara! There’s the clue! You said,” making a CHOICE to love” and in the same sense…Or, making a choice or hate. So it is up to us, I believe is what you are saying. We make the choice and in so choosing reap the results of that choice.

  20. “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways” (Job 22:28, NASB) Right, Cf you are, whatever your choice becomes your way! Looks like you can head for the bank, don’t you think?

  21. Adding the footnotes to your scripture in Ephesians, Chickenfarmer….(for verses 5-7) “Paul does not forbid all contact with unbelievers. Jesus taught his followers to befriend sinners and lead them to him (Luke 5: 30-32). Instead, Paul writes against the life-style of people who make excuses for bad behavior and recommend its practice to others–whether they are in the church or outside of it. Such people quickly pollute the church and endanger its unity and purpose. We must befriend unbelievers if we are to lead them to Christ, but we must be wary of those who are viciously evil, immoral, or opposed to all that Christianity stands for. Such people are more likely to influence us for evil than we are to influence them for good.”

  22. Needles from what you wrote it seems we would have to ask ourselves the purpose of our relationships with others. Jesus was purposeful whether He ate with tax collectors and sinners or led and taught His disciples. Paul was purposeful in his teaching and living with all sorts of people…their focus and purpose was on building and enlarging God’s kingdom. If our purpose is to get something for ourselves or satisfy something in our sin nature, then it seems we would be influenced by evil as well as influence others by our evil.

  23. In John 17, Jesus prayed for US~those of us who would belong to Him and who would come into the world, He knew what the world would be like by the time the future Christians came into being. And so before His crucifixion, death and resurrection Jesus prayed for us to keep us from harm in the “world” He said,
    “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We [are].

    While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

    But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

    They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

    I do not pray for these alone, but also for all those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, [are] in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

    And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

    We can be encouraged that Jesus Christ has already prayed and interceded for us as we traverse this world, seeking souls to bring into the Kingdom and He is keeping us and protecting us as we do His work and His will.

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