To Love As God Loves

Fact 1: God is love. He is not just loving...He IS love.. it is the essence of His moral nature.
Fact 2: God loves His Son who is the original and eternal object of His love.
Fact 3: God loves those who are in Christ (born-again believers).
Fact 4: God loves the world and each person in it. (Thank you, R. A.Torrey!)

 

 Another fact needs to be pointed; while it is true that God loves every person in the world His love for born again believers is not the same as for the unrepentant sinner. It also needs to be pointed out that God's love does not save anyone. “For God so loved the world (DON'T STOP THERE) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned, BUT HE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, BECAUSE HE HAS NOT BELIEVED IN THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.” (John 3:16-18) God's love made the way for us but salvation comes through a faith that believes in Christ's death and resurrection as the only way to be saved. To reject it is to live every day of life on earth as a condemned person without hope or help of being rescued.

The truth about God's love is that it is unconditional, impartial, untainted by sinful motives, and therefore incomprehensible to us whose love is conditional, partial, and tainted by sinful motives. There is no human thinking that can comprehend it, BUT born again believers who have been saved by grace through faith experience the love of God personally because that love has been poured into our hearts by the Spirit of God when He comes to live within us the moment we believe. (Romans 5) And God's sacrificial love is activated in our lifestyle, although imperfectly. As we study the Word our love for God grows, we learn the difference between His love and our human love, and we attempt to love those around us with that supernatural love. It is not easy for humans to love sacrificially this way, but it brings with it the promise of treasure in heaven and blessing here, especially joy and peace.

Also we learn to discern it in others. It is a key to recognizing those who profess faith in Christ but do not possess it. Jude calls them “spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you, serving only themselves.” The drifting away from the literal Word of God by evangelicals seems to be increasing Teaching and preaching doctrinal Truth doesn't entertain, and has been given “the boot” in churches that were once known for expository preaching. Teaching is either put on the back burner, subtly made over to make it palatable, or grossly taken out of context and one doctrine getting that makeover is “love.” The view that God is love surely and won't condemn anyone to hell is as old as Scripture. Now as then, to a Biblically illiterate or worldly congregation it seems a logical assumption. BUT anytime our human reasoning takes a doctrine and lifts it out of the whole body of Truth it is missing truth from other needed doctrines that together makes it complete. Eventually that doctrine will devolve into error. An example is the doctrine of “grace” which evolved into a movement and then slowly devolved into a doctrine of “permissiveness.” And that is what has happened to the doctrine of “love.” In fact, isn't that what always results when man “tinkers” with the Word of God...man giving himself permission to sin without consequences?

“The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell. Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth a quill and ever man a scribe by trade, to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry nor could the scroll contain the whole tho stretched from sky to sky.” Selah

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