April 3rd, 2017
Luke 6:32 (KJB) For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Genuine love for another person is made up of a delicate balance of loving, serving, rebuking, and encouraging them. Loving loveable people is easy and comes quite naturally but loving the unlovable often involves a cost to doing so. Sincere love is made possible through the supernatural power and presence of God and carries a spiritual weight and price.
Choosing to love another person is choosing to care enough to tell them the truth. The truth may be pleasant and palatable; however, it may be a sharp barb inflicting pain upon their soul for the purpose of pointing them towards God (Hebrews 4:12).
Practicing tough love (Ephesians 4:15) is choosing to love another individual regardless of the cost. Or no matter whether your love is reciprocated back.
Genuine love requires a personal relationship with God, sacrifice, humility, and longsuffering. However, true love extended towards others always spiritually profits God, the man or woman of God, and especially can eternally influence a wayward individual, setting his natural vision upon God, rather than upon himself, for all eternity.
The love of God never shifts. It is not balanced fortuitously on feelings, emotions, or circumstances. True love can only be instituted on a foundation of the unconditional love of God. Once mankind recognizes that God has loved him since the beginning, despite the natural condition of his darkened heart, it sheds holy and eternal light on the supernatural power and purpose of God’s goodness, grace, and unlimited mercy.
God’s love climaxes in his heart as a man personally recognizes the shed blood sacrifice of His Only Son Jesus Christ was for himself, as well as all others.
The greatest gift of love (John 3:16) is free and forever for whosoever chooses to place faith in the finished work of Calvary
Understanding the perfect righteousness of God, His unlimited love, and the immorality of the natural man places mankind upon his knees in faith before God and frees him to genuinely love others unconditionally.