The word love carries an important meaning in the Bible. God centralized his laws on love. Even besides that, God performs all his activities with love. He created Adam (and Eve) based on love. God also sent his only Son Jesus Christ to come and save the world. Jesus, upon arriving the earth, established Christian religion on the principle of love. The scripture explained love as the essential credential for all Christians as stated, “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk” (1 Timothy 1:5-6). Bible also states, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness” (1 John 2:9 NIV).
Love is an essential factor that makes Christianity relevant on earth. God outsourced love and demonstrated it for humans to emulate. The Creator allowed his Son Jesus Christ to die for the world for the sake of love. The Bible clearly states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus Christ the Son of God came to earth and operated on the principle of God’s love. He centralized his sermon on love. Christ was persecuted for love. He lived and die for love!
Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, championed true love for people in the world to benefit. Christians also have the same obligation to demonstrate the true love God. In other words, anyone who claims to be a Christian must understand the meaning of true love and demonstrate it.
However, the word love is a universal term, and some people have misused it. Christians must clearly understand what love mean. Love is not the same as sensuality. That is, love is not erratic, neither is it erotic. In short, love must not be regarded as a means of gratifying the lust of the flesh. True love glorifies God; it does not have an evil connotation.
Sin is not part of true love. Love is not partial. Love is not selfish. Love is not biased. Anyone who desires to go to heaven must exercise true love – since it glorifies God! A true Christian must love his or her neighbors with a godly mindset. A child of God who desires to satisfy God must not mistreat others. He or she must only demonstrate God’s approved agape love.
It is important that anyone who intends to make heaven on the last day demonstrates God’s unconditional love of God.
Dear God, please help me to demonstrate a genuine love that glorifies your name. I understand that no one will be able to go to heaven without demonstrating true love. Please give me the strength needed to truly love other people. Help me to genuinely love you and love other people with a pure heart. Please keep my heart pure with true love so that I can qualify for your eternal kingdom! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
January 4 BIBLE LIFE
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