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PostSubject: Love: What, Why, And Who?   Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:42 pm

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          For some of us it is hard to love. For those of us that love comes easier to, we still find certain people harder to love than others. I’m sure we all find certain people in specific situations that are harder to love than others.
For those of us that are Christians, I’m sure we don’t have a hard time loving most of our fellow Christians. What about those that aren’t Christians? Especially the ones living really wicked lives? Do we love them? Do we have to love them? I only ask that last question because I know some Christians believe they don’t have to love them.
          Let’s look at love. More specifically, what is love, why we are to love, and who are we to love?
What is Love?

  1. 1 John 4 talks a lot about love in verses 7-12, and 16-21. It is in verse 9, though, that we find the greatest example of love. That God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. So, we can see that love is sacrifice.
  2. 2 John 6 says, “this is love, that we walk after His commandments.” For we know that Jesus said in
  3. And, we won’t go over them here, but 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is full of what love is and what it isn’t. Then verse 13 says, “And now abideth faith hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” In today’s English, we would use the word “love” in place of “charity”.

Why are We to Love?

  1. In Galatians 5:14 we find that the whole Law is fulfilled in “on word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
  2. We find that, both, the Crown of Life and the Kingdom are promised to those that love in James 1:12; 2:15.
  3. We are told by Jesus, in John 14:21, that if we love Him we will be loved by the Father. We are also told, in the same verse, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me.” Here we see how it is that we prove our love for Christ.

 Who are We to Love?
 There are many we could list that we are told to love. However, for this post, we are going to stick to the original questions we asked.

  1. Jesus tells us that we are to love our enemies. Matthew 5:43.
  2. At Jesus’ last supper, He gave his disciples the command to love one another John 13:34. A command that is repeated to us in various places.
  3. We are told to love our neighbors. We find this in many passages. One being, Luke 10:25-28, while Jesus is having a conversation with a lawyer. This is a good passage, because we find in the following verses the explanation of we are to include as our neighbors. Verse 29 tells us that the lawyer wanted to “justify himself”, asking Jesus “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus takes the next little bit, verses 30 – 35, to tell the lawyer the story of the Good Samaritan. I will let you read the story for yourself. I would encourage you to read it if you haven’t! It is a great example of one person showing compassion toward a stranger.
After the story, Jesus asks the lawyer which person would be the neighbor, and the lawyer correctly answers “He that showed mercy on him.” In this story, we find that anybody could be considered our neighbor.
So, we are to love all men. Yes, that is hard to do sometimes. Does that mean we must love what they do, or overlook how they are living? No, Romans 12:9 tells us to “abhor that which is evil”, but what it doesn’t do is tell us to abhor the one doing the evil. Remember that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). If Christ could love us enough to die for us while we were sinner, then we can bring ourselves to love our fellow man even if they are living in sin. If we cannot love them, how can we reach them?

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PostSubject: Re: Love: What, Why, And Who?   Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:41 pm

josey, anything going on in your mind.....is something bugging you?....maybe something concerning starting back preaching?.....i kinda' woke up with you on my mind last night after reading this....its none of my business, but you have too much ability to go waste
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PostSubject: Re: Love: What, Why, And Who?   Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:47 pm

michael371 wrote:
josey, anything going on in your mind.....is something bugging you?....maybe something concerning starting back preaching?.....i kinda' woke up with you on my mind last night after reading this....its none of my business, but you have too much ability to go waste
Thanks Mike!

Yes it bugs me! I want to start back. It is going to take a little, but I will get there sooner or later. It is something I felt moved to do ever since I was around 14, and hated having to give it up after the few years I got to do it. It has always been a goal to get back to it even though it didn't seem possible for a long, long time. I should have known better than to think it impossible! I see myself doing it again, but, like I said, I know it will take me a little bit longer to get back to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Love: What, Why, And Who?   Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:31 pm

Josephus, I wish you the very best and ask Gods guidance for you. If the Holy Spirit is working you about this then I think I'd listen. Besides knowing what is in the Bible you also know what is in Enoch, Jasher, etc. etc. and so forth too. Not that many, only a brave few, putting them together. Hey, just sayin'. Wink


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PostSubject: Re: Love: What, Why, And Who?   Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:03 pm

Thanks researcher, mighty kind of ya! I would start again tomorrow if someone called and asked me to, but, realistically, I am figuring it is going to take a little bit to get started back. But, if it is meant to be, who knows? It will happen on God's time table, not according to what I'm expecting.
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PostSubject: Re: Love: What, Why, And Who?   Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:24 pm

Josephus, That is great to hear !  Start  back with us - I've enjoyed your and everyone's posts but  slow responding as my internet has been acting up ,so have been   losing connections often. 2x while reading this thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Love: What, Why, And Who?   Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:02 am

bordercollie wrote:
Josephus, That is great to hear !  Start  back with us - I've enjoyed your and everyone's posts but  slow responding as my internet has been acting up ,so have been   losing connections often. 2x while reading this thread.

Same thing has been happening with me lately, but it is because we have had a lot of family in from out of town. So there have been a lot of devices connected to our WiFi. Everybody has gone back home, I've reset the modem a few times, but the connection is still poor.
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