Monday, 13 February 2017 12:57
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth…” (1 John 3:18, the Holy Bible).
LOVE: WHAT IS IT? Here is a message of love, found in 1 Corinthians 13 of the Bible: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing….
“ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…”
THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL: In John 3:16, we are reminded of the greatest love of all, which is the love of God: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him…”
This love of God for us is priceless, because God loved us when we were yet unlovable as we were full of sin, as what 1 John 4:9-10 said: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…”
So, if God greatly loves us that He even removed our sins from us after we believed and accepted Him, then how can we even respond to this love? How can we show our own love for God? In 2 John 1:6 we are told: “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love…”
LOVE THAT TAKES SINS AWAY: When we walk in obedience to the commands of God, we are walking in the light. And if we are walking in the light, we are continually cleansed of our sins by the blood of God that was shed in the cross of Calvary. In 1 John 1:7, we are told: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin…” If the blood of Jesus purifies from all sin, we become one with Him, as 2 Chronicles 5:17 is saying: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” What is the “old (that) has gone” and the “new (that) has come?”
It is our sinful flesh. Because we are already in Christ, we become a part of His flesh (Ephesians 5:30). Our flesh, because it has become a part of Christ’s flesh, becomes the “forgiven flesh”, a flesh free from sin. And if our body already forms part of the flesh of Christ, the “flesh of forgiveness”, would He agree that the blood flowing in our veins would still be the “blood of sin”? -30-
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