Do you understand what you are choosing to do?
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
19 We love each other because he loved us first. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.
Ephesians 1:4-5 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
Love is the most over-used and most misunderstood word in the English language, I can love my corn flakes in my cereal bowl or I might love people that make me feel good, the word love must be very confusing to somebody learning English as a second language.
The Bible tells us that God loves us, it is his love that teaches us what real love is, without God's example of love we wouldn't have much of an idea of what love is. From God's example we can define love as " a purposeful commitment to sacrificial action for another." I wish that was an original idea but somebody thought of that definition and if you search the entire phrase it comes up all over the internet.
It is cool to think of the Bible as a love story from Genesis to Revelation we find that God is always pursuing his people that he chose to love no matter what. The Apostle John writes "this is real love." I didn't do anything to deserve it but never the less I get to have my creators love.
God chose to love his enemies
|Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.|
We need to understand what we are saying when we decide to love. According to our example we are to love people despite how we are treated, take a look all through the Bible and you will find God loving people that disappointed him, people that turned their backs on him and chose to ignore him. Doesn't sound like much fun but that is the commitment that we are making when we choose to love for real.
The natural thing for us to do would be to take the easy way out and choose hate but the Bible tells us that we don't have that option as children of God, we don't even have the right to withhold love, just as god loved the unlovable he has asked me to do the same.
Help me Lord to love for real!