How often do we sit and wonder about the extent of God’s Love for us? When we feel love, it's from God. God’s love is complete.
This reminds me of the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:4 -8, He wrote, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
This verse describes love exactly as it is. Charity is used as the word love here. We often over look this verse, but we need to sit down and read this over and over and meditate on this word. Think about it this way, If we were to use this scripture to describe our feelings for our fellow-man, could we do it? Would this fit to describe how we feel about the one that flipped us off, or the bully that meets us on the playground every day? If not then we need to reevaluate our definition of love. When the Romans were beating Jesus, He could have easily retaliated. But as they beat him, he said he loved them and forgave them. He even asked the father to forgive them and said “They know not what they do”. Is it that easy for us? This is one think among many that we need to pray for. We need to pray this for us and the bully on the playground.
But what is agape? How does this kind of love express itself? Paul gives us an excellent description: Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.
It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever...There are three things that remain -- faith, hope, and love -- and the greatest of these is love.
In the next chapter the apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, admonishes: "Let love be your greatest aim." Let me share with you five vital truths about love that will help you understand the basis for loving by faith. To love by faith is to believe that love is real and anyone can obtain it by simply asking God to help us with it.
Is there anyone in your life that you just can't forgive, no matter how hard you try, it's just too difficult? Would you be willing to believe that some of the very soldiers that beat Him and hung Him on the cross are in heaven with Him today? If they repented and asked him to forgive them, then you can count on meeting them in heaven. Jesus said “forgive them, for they know not what they do”. I'm sure in the events that played out afterwards; they realized their error and sought forgiveness. They were not much different from you or I. Wouldn't you have? They got a quick lesson on pure love. Let us do the same and love all others as Jesus loves us. Yes that includes our enemies as well.
In verse 8 of the scripture we just read it says charity (LOVE) will never fail. This means love will always be present where God is, and God is everywhere, all the time.
In 2 Timothy 1:7 we read “For God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of Power, Love, and sound mind. Any other feeling comes is from the enemy. So next time your boss gives you a task that you don't like, or the guy next door lets his dog dig up your tulips, remember the lesson Jesus left for us. Love and forgive others as He has loved and forgiven us.