Monday, January 31, 2011
Blog # 110 Love in the Bible
Blog # 110 Love in the Bible Here is an optical illusion. The black hat seems to be taller than it is wide at its base. But this is not true. The eye, designed to see, can be a victim of an illusion. Then it tells the brain the hat is taller than it is wide. Could it be this way with the human heart and love? The human heart is designed to love God. Could it become a victim of an illusion, telling us, in action if not in mind, there are other gods, there is greater joy and value in other realities than the one true God? I think this could be the case and is the case with many who live as victims of our current materialistic culture. May we not be victims when it comes to answering the questions: Is God real? Does God love us? May we love God? As we head into Febuary and a couple of weeks of focus and newspaper ads on Valentine's Day, it might be a good experience to refresh our memories as to some of the things the Bible says of love. Here are several of the references we might find useful in discovering in a deeper and more meaningful way the content and challenge of the command we have to love God above all and to love one another as Jesus has loved us. We are never without God's love but sometimes we forget or are too distracted by something else to realize that fact. 1 John 4:8. God is love...God's love for us was revealed when God sent into the world His only Son. Matthew 22: 34-40. "Which is the greatest commandmant?" Jesus said "love the Lord your God...love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole law..." John 13: 34,35. This is how all will know you are my disciples, your love for one another. Jude 21 . Persevere in God's love... John 14:31 I love the Father. John 15:9. ...abide in my love. John 15:13...greater love than this no one has. John 21:15. You know I love you... Romans 8:28. We know that to them that love God all things work together for good. Romans 8:35. What shall separate us from the love of God? Romans 13:8. Owe no one anyting but to love one another. One who loves his neighbor fulfills the law. 1 Cor 2:9 Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it dawned upoon us what God has prepared for those who love Him.