Nuggets – As I Have Loved

As I Have Loved
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)

No Christian could ever question the preeminent importance of love. “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16), and the greatest of the Christian virtues is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). The first and second commandments of the law are love for God and love for one’s neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40). Christ’s new commandment, however, gives us a definition of love! To love as He loved, we must observe how Christ loved.

In the first place, His love was not ephemeral. “When Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end” (John 13:1).

The Lord Jesus Himself defined love this way: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). However, Christ died not only for His friends but for all sinners, including His bitter enemies. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“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. . . . Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (1 John 4:9-11).

The measure of love is the undeserved, yet gladly offered, substitutionary death of Christ for our sins. Whenever we think the love commandment is demanding too much of us, we should compare our love to His. “For the love of Christ constraineth us [not our love for Him, but His love for us] . . . that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), and we must live for Him. HMM

 From Institute for Creation Research

 

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2 Responses to Nuggets – As I Have Loved

  1. Please go to my blog today and read my post.
    This is the very thing i discussed today. I am having difficulties with a friend. I am at my wits end with this situation, so last night I finally took it to God and asked him to sanctify me in this area. The beautiful message I received this morning contained the command to love God, and our neighbors. I had to face the hard truth about my part in this situation with my friend.
    Seeing this scripture again on your post was a beautiful testimony of the way the Lord is guiding my heart in this situation.
    Thanks for being a blessing in my life today with your words of wisdom.
    I would love any further insights about loving others when they have offended us.

    • ptl2010 says:

      I have visited your blog Humpty and share this to be victorious. It all begins with a renewed mind, our thoughts – let Him control that and we walk in love and freedom to love
      Philippians 4
      8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

      Receive His grace and mercy for a renewed mind.

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