- Original Teaching: Acting the Love of God
- Date: April 16, 1978
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Hereby we perceive the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” I John 3:16
- Review By: Jason Felton
In last week’s Calvary Temple Classics blog post we looked at the fact that God is good. Not only did we see that He is good, but we also saw that He is the origin of goodness. This week we want to take a look at God’s love and how that relates to us. God does not only know how to love, He is love. There is no love outside of Him.
We see the scripture at all the football games right? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That pretty much sums up God’s love for us right there. God bankrupt heaven and gave everything He had to redeem you. He gave up the most precious thing to Him (His son) so that you could have eternal life. That love is what separates religion from Christianity. You see religion is reaching out to love a deity. Christianity is a loving God who reached down to man and reconciled man to Himself. He who knew no sin became sin with our sin, so that we could become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. There’s nothing that you had to do or have to do to earn that love!
The purest love man can produce cannot compare to the love of God. Even the greatest love you can think of (the love between husband and wife or parent and child) at its core still has some selfishness in it. God loves a world that hates Him. He loves a world that curses His name, that despises His commandments, and that tramples upon the blood of His son Jesus. Despite all that, His love continues to flow forth. He continues to reach out to this lost and dying world to try and bring them to Himself. In 2 Peter 3:9 it says that He’s not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. That’s God’s love for you-totally pure, totally unselfish, and totally God!! His love is the greatest force in operation today.
So we see that God loves us, but there is another very important aspect of this love that we are going to look at today. That is the fact we are to love as we have been loved. Have you ever truly thought about that statement before? We are to love one another as Christ loved us! That’s a pretty powerful thought. He gave everything, and that’s what He expects us to do for others. John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay his life down for his friends.” A few verses later in verse 17 we see that He commands us to love one another. You want to know if you’ve passed from death unto life? You want to know if you are truly born again? Ask yourself these questions, “Do I love my brothers and sisters and do I have a love for the lost?”
Love demands action! Others see the love of God in your life by your action. Too often though we don’t show this love like we should. Oh we say we love one another, but love is manifest, not just spoken. We say we love one another, but then we hold grudges, walk right past lost souls, or refuse to rebuke sin. You’re just too busy. You can’t imagine condescending to the level of your brother. That’s not Godly love!! We are to freely love as we have been loved!
Can you imagine the muck and the mire Jesus went through to save you? You weren’t even seeking Him, but He loved you. Despite all the things you may have been involved in, He looked at you and didn’t see you as you are, but He saw you as what you could be in Him. When Father looks at you, every sin you’ve committed has been forgiven and forgotten. WHAT LOVE!! Is that how you see others? Are you forgiving as you’ve been forgiven? Are you as longsuffering with your brothers and sisters as your heavenly Father has been with you? Ephesians 4:2 says we are to forbear one another in love. “Well what’s in it for me?” Nothing!! Was there any reason for God to send His son to die for you? The love of God is a love that gives and expects nothing in return. The love of God is a love that gives even if that person hates you! Perfect love casts out fear! It’s not worried about self, acceptance, rejection, or failure. His love never fails and ours shouldn’t either!
“Why is this so important?” Well, first of all He commanded us, but just as important is the fact that loving one another is how the world will know that we are His disciples (John 13:35). The ultimate revelation of God is that we love Him with all of our heart and that we love our neighbors as our self. We’ve talked a lot about the fact that we are living in a wicked, lost, and dying generation. But God still loves these people! God is still reaching out to them, and the only way they know that is through the love of God actively working in your life! They see it by how you love your friends and your family with a Godly love. They see it when you reach out to them and share the gospel with them. They see it when, after you reach out to them and they reject you, that you still love them and care for them! Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Behold how they love one another!