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Paul J. Bucknell
Many believe that they are experts in love. Love comes naturally. Life should show that this is not true. Love, however, is God's divine gift originating from Himself. God is love. Man's understanding of love is very limited even perverted. God's love, however, has no constraints. In this sense of Galatians 5:22-23, "Love ... against such things there is no law." Like light, love freely stretches outs its arms.
Abraham, the father of faith, started that journey much earlier then they.
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God's love gives rise to the other Great Commandment, "to love one another."
Man will not, cannot, love one another without God's empowering love. Without God's love, we are as a dead battery. We are designed to love but cannot. A careful study of I Corinthians13, the Bible's great 'Love Chapter,' will clear all confusion as to what true love it. Here we will discover love's genuine motivation, characteristics and duration. Christianity does not stand on what people say but on what people do - whether they love one another. Love requires us to put the needs of others above ourselves instead of the popular view which equates love in mutual pleasure.
Love True Power
Love displays its true power when pleasure is taken away. How does one perpetuate his kindness, care, gentle talk, noble deeds, etc. when the object of his love becomes violent, cold, harsh, unloving and very ungrateful? Here we discover the glorious and noble power of God's love which breaks through our resistant, prideful, arrogant and dark hearts. No wonder the red heart is the emblem of love. For it was the pouring forth of the blood of Christ that effectively sealed God's love into our lives.
FUNCTIONAL DEFINITION OF LOVE
Love is the commitment to care for others without respect to their response.
"Put me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD.
"Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it;
If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised."
(Song of Solomon 8:6-7).
- That we may increase our delight, confidence and joy in God's intensive love.
- That we may anticipate God's great love to have a greater impact on our lives.
- That we may keep from living for our pleasures or by our lusts before or during marriage.
- That we may me awed by God's divine love displayed in the sending of His only Son Jesus Christ.
- Here is a short index. Click the blue circle . They follow in order or just click here for next page.
Power of Love
Love is God's Way
God is Love
Looking for love?
Seeking God's Love
Love's Mighty Touch
Love in Marriage
Love for Our Neighbor
Testimonies on God's Love
How has God's love kept you from lusting after women and things?
How has God's love has filled you?
What are some practical steps you have taken to be more loving?
- Understand the great analogy of God's love and man's love.
- See how the three kinds of love in Greek differ.
- A husband's unconditional love.
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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