The foundation of every Christian should be biblical love!
The Bible tells us that faith, hope and love are very important in a Christian’s life and that love is the greatest of these. And no wonder it is the greatest, it is who God is. God is love. God gives us His love and then we reflect that love back to Him by loving and obeying Him and loving others. Jesus said: “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.” (John 15:9-17 KJV) We are to love others in the same self-sacrificial way that Jesus loves us. The foundation of a Christian’s life should be love. When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was, The Bible says: “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 KJV) Faith and hope benefits the one who has faith and hope but love benefits others. Loving others identifies us as God’s true disciples. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35 KJV) God is love and love is essential in every Christian’s life. Throughout the Bible we are commanded to love God and to love others. We know that the world’s definition of love is not the same as the biblical definition for love. The world loves expecting something in return. Christians love as God loves us…a self-giving love, not selfish or self-seeking. We are to even love our enemies. Jesus said: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 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; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48 KJV) Love should be the foundation of every Christian, therefore, we need to know and understand what biblical love is. More to come….