My precious sisters in Messiah,
As often as I hear First Corinthians 13 quoted at weddings, I remind myself that the apostle Paul did not have marriage in mind when he wrote this passage. This Scripture is truly a treatise on love as a basis for enduring human relationships. I recall being challenged to memorize it for an English literature class in college. Oh, how those days have regrettably changed. During my college days, secular scholars recognized this passage of the Bible as a beautiful work. Flowing in rhythm and captivating in its cadence, it is relatively easy to memorize. However, “living out” the words is an entirely different matter. As James said, “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). This week we will be using this passage of Scripture as an application for . . .
Sharing God’s Perfect Gift Of Love With Others
Let us pick up the passage in verses 4-8 . . . “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails.”
This week let us search our hearts and ask ourselves some rather difficult questions: How would you describe your love for others? Are you a patient soul or do you sigh not so patiently when you are required to wait? Is it difficult to bring you to a point of anger or does your short fuse raise its ugly head from time to time? Do you boast or share your good deeds with others, or give of yourself with a pure heart as a gift of love unto the Lord? When was the last time you exhibited rudeness towards someone? Only through God’s grace and prayer will each of us learn to love one another in the manner that God intended, as declared in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14, let us now turn our attention to God’s Love Letter to His children, that He sent over 2,000 years ago, found in 1 John 4:7-19. Please prayerfully read along with me:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loves us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. We know that we live in Him, and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.”
As daughters of God we know that Yeshua’s purpose in coming to earth as a Man (God manifested in the flesh), was to die, to be sacrificed, and to give His life for ours as a blood atonement for our sins so that we would not be separated from God. God’s plan was written with “the precious blood of our Messiah, as a lamb without blemish and without spot“ (1 Peter 1:19). Those of us who have accepted God’s perfect Gift of love, our salvation, are called to be “letters” to those who do not know Him. God’s love letter to His children are “written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3).
It serves us well to remember that God loves us like no one else ever could. He demonstrated His immeasurable love for us when He sent His only begotten Son, Yeshua, to be our Savior. Yeshua comes to each of us with the perfect love of God in His heart. His love and His purpose never changes. Long before a day in February was set aside to celebrate love, the world received a love letter that forever changed mankind. God’s enduring love is like a fabric that never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the waters of adversity.
As a special gift to each of my precious sisters, I am sharing with you the best expression of love that we have could ever receive. It is found in John 3:16, and available to each of you who believe: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believe in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In closing, I invite you to join me in my following prayer: “Abba, Father – no words could possibly express our gratitude for Your love, which is neither earned nor deserved. When our faith and trust in You, alone, is tested in the fires of life, we pray that You will continue to bless us with a deeper understanding of Your enduring love and Your grace, enabling us to demonstrate it to others each day. Lord, help us to always reflect that love You show us by our actions to others. Please bless us with Your grace, wisdom, and truth to walk in Your Spirit. Lord, we pray that Your Light shines ever so brightly within us and through us, and that we are a beacon to a lost and broken world. We pray these things in the holy name of Yeshua HaMaschiah, Jesus our Messiah. Amen.” I pray for God’s blessings upon each of you throughout the week ahead.
Rejoicing in God’s love,