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Understanding God's Definition Of Love

August 6, 2017

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.

                                                                                                 – 2 John 1:6

 

1. The Bible says love is a command. God commands that we love each other: You can’t always control an emotion, and God would never command you to do something that he doesn’t give you the power and the ability to do.

 

2. The Bible says love is a choice. Follow the way of love. If you “go after” something, that means you make a choice. Love is a choice. We choose to love or not to love.

 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had men or women who are trying to justify a separation or divorce say, “I just don’t love my spouse anymore” -- as if that’s totally out of their control. But acting in love when you don’t feel like it is actually a higher level of love than when you do feel like it. It’s one thing to love when the flowers are in bloom, but the real test of love is in the winter, when things are not going great in your life. You choose to love in spite of how you feel and give the other person what he/she needs, not what they deserve. You choose to love others like God loves us.

 

3. The Bible says love is a conduct. Love is something you do. (1 John 3:18). Every day God puts opportunities around us to demonstrate love. The problem is most of the time we’re too busy. Love takes advantage of opportunities to serve others.

 

4. The Bible says love is a commitment. 1 John 4:16 God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. Our relationship with God is largely affected by our relationship with other people.

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