Love for God is seen in our obedience to His Word!
As we finish up our little series on “Faith, Hope, and Love”, let me remind you of some things. Faith, hope and love are all necessary in a Christian’s life. The Bible says much about faith and hope but it says a lot about love because God is love. Sometimes we will read verses just about faith, some will be just about hope and some will be just about love. Sometimes faith, hope and love will all be in the same passage. We see that in the following passage. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:1-5 KJV) Because of our fallen nature we are not capable of producing agape love because it can only come from its Source. God has poured agape love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit when we became His children. A good definition of agape love is the sacrificial death of Christ. “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16 KJV) We are told to love others the way God loves us. We are to love the family of God. “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:17 KJV) Remember Jesus said, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44 KJV) Loving our enemies is seeking what is best for them. Husbands are told to love their wives. The Bible says: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.” (Ephesians 5:25-28 KJV) Husbands, do you love your wife as Christ loved the church? As said before, we cannot love with agabe love without knowing God and having the Holy Spirit living in us. The Bible has much to say about love and we would be wise to take time and look up the Scriptures on love. The more we know about love, the more we will give the Holy Spirit control of our lives and the more love will be seen not only in our words but our actions too. Love is the identifying characteristic of a Christian and it comes from God, who is love. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another…We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:9-11, 19 KJV) God showed His love by giving His Son. We show our love by being obedient to His Word.