The Highest Love

The fruit of the Spirit is LOVE.. Galatians 5:22 This is My commandment, that you LOVE one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 And above all things have fervent LOVE for one another, for LOVE will cover a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

God is Love.
GOD IS LOVE. This profound statement baffles the mind. It mystifies the senses; it disconcerts the religious; it confounds the Godless; it perplexes the theologian… and yet it comforts my soul and strengthens my heart. Deliver me from unworthy views of love. My poor human love at its very best, can deteriorate into selfishness.

Types of Love
My self-giving mother love.. can decline into self-seeking love. My benevolent-giving love.. can disintegrate into self-righteous love. My sensual physical love.. can degenerate into lustful love. But the love of God is pure, outgoing, gracious love.

Divine Love
His Love is strong, not emotional. His Love is gentle, not sentimental. His divine love is the most precious gift of love, that the God of love can bestow…. add to your faith – virtue; add to virtue – knowledge; add to knowledge – self-control; add to self-control – perseverance; add to perseverance – godliness; add to godliness – brotherly kindness. Add to brotherly kindness – divine love.

God’s Love
His loving thoughts are only towards me continuously. His loving care is seeking the very best for me. His loving correction is to draw me closer to His side. His loving work is only for my highest good. His loving presence is not merely for personal pleasure, but a unity of the spirit in the fellowship of love.

Proof of God’s Love
This loving God stopped short of nothing in saving us from our sins. This loving God stooped down to send us the Son of His Love.. Whose stooping down in incarnation, rejection, and death, must have cost Him what is without human comprehension. Such love can only beget love from me in return.. reckoning myself as having died with Him. Dead to human love; mother-love; physical love; emotional love; benevolent love. Having died with Him – to everything petty, selfish, sensual, and sinful.

Delegates of God’s Love
Moreover, we are all entrusted with an obligation so pure and so lovely.. that being so loved by God, we should love one another. Oh!! – not just the old law of, love your neighbour as yourself. But the new commandment of love… Love – as I have loved you. Living out His love in me. Allowing His love to flow through me to another.

Highest Form of Love
If God sought the very best for us.. even the cost of giving us His Son to death, then the love of others is our highest responsibility – and love of others is our most precious privilege. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples. Our love to God is to be expressed in loving others Whom He loves – loving with His pure, sacrificial love. Greater love has no one than this… than to lay down one’s life (to love) his friends. John 15:13 This is indeed The Highest Love.


Bible References

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Psalm 13

Psalm 27

13 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 27

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

43 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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