Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Karen, at In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus, is hosting today's "In "Other" Words Tuesdays. She has chosen a powerful quote regarding love.
Love needs to be based on character, if you know and love God you see He has a lot of character we are in love with. The best thing we can do for our spouse is to grow in character as listed in 1 Cor 13. It’s a love of choice. We choose to love God, He chooses to love us. Love of choice is the most powerful love, God calls that agape love, it’s a love that lasts, we should never settle for anything else between us and God and others. It’s a love that grows. Keep fervent in your love, allow it to stretch and strain as you watch it grow. ~ Wayne Corderio
Knowing and Relying on Love
We find in 1 Corinthians 13 characteristics of love that are so precious.
No envy
Not boastful
Not Proud
Not rude
Not self-seeking
Not easily angered
Keeps no record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil
Rejoices with the truth
Always protects
Always trusts
Always hopes
Always perseveres
Love never fails
"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." ~ 1 John 4:16 (NIV)
We are able to express love to our spouses best when we truly know and rely on God's love, because we know and rely on the fact that God loves us.
The Greek word for know is ginōskō. This word means:
1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
a) to understand
b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
The Greek word for rely is pisteuō, and means:
1) to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
a) of the thing believed
1) to credit, have confidence
b) in a moral or religious reference
1) used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul
2) to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith
3) mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith
2) to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity
a) to be intrusted with a thing
Experiencing Love
How do we even know or begin to rely on understanding God's love for us?
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." ~ Romans 5:8 (NIV)
We know and rely on it because we have experienced it. Unless we know the depths of what Christ went through for us, are we willing to extend love and mercy to others?
In a recent movie, Fireproof, the character, Caleb, couldn't really take the actions needed in the advice his father gave him to save his marriage until He accepted the love of Christ. Once he did, the love he demonstrated toward his wife was beyond measure.
Growing in Love
When we grow in the characteristics of love given in 1 Corinthians, we, too, can reflect God's love. God possesses all these qualities of love. He is love. God would never ask us to do anything He Himself had not done.
"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." ~ Luke 2:52 (NIV)
When Christ came to earth, He had to grow.
"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight," ~ Philippians 1:9 (NIV)
We, too, must grow in the wisdom and love of God. In reading the Scriptures, we understand how God wants us to grow.
Choosing to love God and others is something we are called as Christians to do.
When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus had this to say:
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." " ~ Mark 12:29-31 (NIV, Emphasis, mine)
The Greek word for all is holos. It means:
1) all, whole, completely
Every fiber of our being is called into loving others in this stretching way - completely. Love should always grow and never diminish in size.
"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart." ~ 1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)
The Greek word for deeply is ektenōs. It means:
1) earnestly, fervently, intensely
We must keep the fires of love intense and fervent.
Father, help me to love others as You love them, showing all the qualities of love manifested in You as written in 1 Corinthians 13. May my love never grow cold but always keep growing. Purify my heart and never let me miss an opportunity settle for anything that would divide my love for You, my spouse or others in my life.


LAURIE said...

Laurie Ann, good teaching today on love. Isn't it amazing how the more we fall in love with Jesus and apply His love in our life - the easier it is to love others. Have a happy Tuesday! -love, Laurie

Homesteader in Training said...

It's amazing to me what is wrapped up in the word LOVE! It covers so much!
Blessings to you my friend.

MiPa said...

Wonderful post! Bless you!

Esthermay said...

Love the teaching spirit in you that comes out in every post.
My husband and I are doing a study on LOVE this week before Valentine's Day - This is good!
Thanks for sharing today . . .
Happy IOW Tuesday!

Denise said...

Such wise words my dear friend, love you.

Ava Semerau said...

Thanks so much for reminding me of Luke 2:52 in this context. Great post and lesson on love!


Peggy said...

Blessings Laurie Ann...Looks like God is truly speaking to many of us on LOVE!!! An another excellent teaching flowing from your gift!
Deep study on a very deep concept, yet Christ certainly has given us the FULL amazing picture in His Life & death & WORD! Beautiful words and prayer! Indeed may we reflect His Love as you have inspired us to live & seek & give freely as we have been given so beautifully and fully, undeservingly and bountifully...
May you receive LOVE as you display LOVE in your words & comments to others! Thank you for your awesome teaching on LOVE & God's WORD!

Sandy said...

What blessing your blog is. Thank you so much for sharing your words of faith.