SUNDAY June 10, 2018
The Perfection of True Love
[Love]…does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil…
1 Corinthians 13:5
Paul described true love, the perfection of love, in great detail in
1 Corinthians 13. He taught that love is not rude; it does not behave rudely towards people. Neither will love seek its own desires; or be provoked to think evil about another person. It is always building up.
In the book of Philippians 2:3, Paul tells us that love causes us to consider others better than ourselves. We should never think ourselves better than another person. If we think we are better than others, then that is pride and sin before God. He cannot bless us like that.
God’s love leads us towards Christ. Love is also a sign of true faith in God. It is manifested by our obedience to Christ, not our disobedience:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15; 21, 23). Love moves us to true service––where God can use our lives to serve Him.
Love must be shown towards God. Matthew 22:37-38 speaks about the first commandment––loving God with all our heart and being. In John 13:34-35, Jesus commanded that love be shown to one another:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Then Jesus taught us that loving others is more important than any ritual, in Mark 12:33: …and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” All these things show us how God’s love operates.
All men are our neighbours, and we are to love them as ourselves. We are to do this on the basis of creation, even if they are not redeemed, for all men have value because they are made in the image of God. Therefore they are to be loved even at great cost.