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Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Perfect Love

A Perfect Love

    Man was created in God’s image.  This means that man was created for relationships. We know that man shares certain biological features with animals, plants and even atomic particles.  Man is not like them nor decent from them.  No other life in the universe was created for relationships the way man was.  Man has the capacity for “Self-Consciousness” which only man possesses.  Man has the ability to appreciate beauty, to feel emotion, to be morally conscious, to reason, to acquire wisdom, to relate to other people, and maybe most importantly to love each other and to love God.  With that comes the abilities to: fellowship and share: thoughts, attitudes and experiences.

    Humans cry out for love more than anything else. Love is the theme of more: songs, books, plays, movies, poems then any other topic.

    What is John talking about when he uses the word “Perfect”?
Perfect is from the Greek verb “Teleioo” which simply means complete, whole.  It basically means to carry out something to the max.  A form of this word was used by Jesus when he said on the cross “It is finished!” “Te Telosti” (same verb).  It has been carried out to the max, it can go no further, it can not be added to.  It is finished.

Perfect love is the legacy that God has left to His children. 
  • Romans 5:5 “…and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”
When you were saved the flood gates were opened and the love of God was poured out in to your heart through the power of the Holy Spirit. The fullest expression of the love given to us is when we keep the commandment of God.
  • John 14:21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him
  • 1 John 2:5 …but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him
We’re not speaking about a love that is connected to emotional sentimentality.  Love that achieves perfection can only be found in sanctification, salvation and obedience to the Word of God.  You may ask how this love is achieved how can this create a love relationship in your life?  Very easy because by, living in obedience to the Word of God by constantly, with out ceasing praying for sanctification, allows God through the power of the Holy Spirit to open flowing rivers of His perfect love into your life.  His blessing of Joy, Peace, Wisdom, Compassion, and all the joys and fruits of the holy Spirit which are actual previews of heaven.  The Bible tells us we live in the Heavenlies; once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we receive the Holy Spirit which is the power of God, the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven inside of us hear on Earth!  (How many times did Jesus say “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”)
Love is a proof of being in the fellowship. He who does not love abides in death.
  • 1st John 2:9-11  “If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark, But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don’t cause problems for them.  If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark.  We don’t know where we are going because we can’t see in the dark.”
  •  1st John 3:10-14 “You can tell god’s children from the evil’s children because those who belong to the devil refuse to do right or to love each other.  From the beginning you were told that we must love each other.  Don ‘t be like Cain who belonged to the devil and murdered his own brother.  Why did he murder him?  He did it because his brother was Good and he was evil.  My friends don’t be surprised if the people of this world hate you our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life.  But if you don’t love each other you are still under the power of death.”
  • 1st John 4:7-12 “My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life.  We are now God’s children and we know Him.  God is love and anyone who doesn’t love others has never known Him.  God showed His love for us when he sent His only Son in to the world to give us life.  Real love isn’t our love for God but His love for us.  God sent His Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.  Dear friends, since God loved us so much, we must love each other.  No one has ever seen God but if we love each other God lives in us and His love is truly in our hearts.
In Chapter 4 John has the bases loaded and he brings with 1 swing of the bat everyone one home.  He is addressing Christians for he says “we are now God’s children and we know Him.” He says all love comes from God, anyone who doesn’t love others NEVER knew God… Remember John is addressing believers, people of faith, “professing” Christians… Churches today are filled to the brink with them. Show up every Sunday, maybe even tithe… maybe even daily read their Bible… Spiritually they are DEAD because they have no love for the Brethren.  John makes this clear this is not an option, this is not a Sunday just in church thing, this is a full time, Salvation Requirement, Sanctification process, Jesus Commandment.. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR!. 
“Dear friends since God Loved us this much we must love each other!” 
John doesn’t say should, John doesn’t say try, John doesn’t say do our best John says MUST.

Romans 13:8 “Let love be your only debt! If you love each other, you have done all that the Law demands.”  The Greek word for demand is απαίτηση it means “The absolute requirement, under the law.  This is not a strong suggestion or, a instruction to be taken lightly.  It is a make it or break it term!  No love no salvation!!! If you do not love each other your commitment to Christ is not for real.  When you pray Jesus I make you Lord of my life, I commitment my life to following you, the understanding that you will love the brethren that you will love the Church of Christ that you will love each other as Christ has loved you is a prerequisite it is understood from the beginning.

Six reasons why we should love:
  1. Love is the essence of God: {God by nature is love, God defines what love is}  He loves us so much that he is patience and gives many warnings of coming judgment, this is a sign of His compassion. He loves us so much that He has set up a Heaven for His believers.  He has loved us so much that he created a beautiful Earth, with variety (colors, food, senses etc.)  . 
  2. This love was manifest by Christ: (The gift of the Son of God) so that we might have eternal life… not that we might love God, but that while we were sinners God loved us.  God gave His son for our sins.  He is the mercy seat, He is the atonement of our sins. . 2nd Corinthians 5:21, "He who knew no sin became sin for us." Galatians 3:13, "He was made a curse for us." 1st Peter, "The just for the unjust." And so, God makes the extreme sacrifice, sending His Son in our place. 1st John 3:16 "We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
  3. Love is our testimony: If we love one another God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. No one can see God, God abides in us, so God is in display in us. We live in a watching unbelieving world, as Christians we must be showing love. John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
  4. Love is the assurance of our salvation: 1 John 4:13-16 “13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.”
    1. He has given us the Holy Spirit
    2. You know you have the Spirit because you believe in the gospel
    3. You come to believe in that love that God has for us
  5. Love is our confidence in judgment: 1st John 4:17-18 “This is how love is made perfect among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  Its not just your theology that is the issue at the time of judgment but your heart.  If you love with this whole mature love you can live your life with confidence with out fear, you can stand before God one day with confidence.  The Greek calls that kind of confidence “empistosyni” am confidence with boldness.  Perfect love dismisses fear you can live without fear.
  6. Love is reasonable:  1st John 4:19 We love because he first loved us. Its only reasonable to say that true believers are characterized by the way they love. A unconditional love, sacrificial love, self-less love, unrequited love, a humble love a love that tolerates no sin a love that bears the pain of others,  a love that accepts a love that forgives, a love that is the assurance of our salvation, a perfect love.

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