Add To Your Faith Part 5: Love
2 Peter 1:5-8: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV 1984.)
The Greek word used here for love is agape. This word in indicates a selfless love. This love is the same kind of love that God has for us and it promotes what is best for another person. Agape is also used in Galatians 5:22-23 when Paul is talking about the fruits of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
So what is love? 1 Corinthians 13 says:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
When we begin to show the love we are supposed to, when we begin to love like God loves us, that’s what will change the world. Our words will not change the world. They’ve heard it all. This blog will not change the world.
Ephesians 5:1-2: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Colossians 3:14: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Show the love of God to everyone you come across. Actions speak louder than words. As Ephesians 5 says: “Be imitators of God.” When you show the God-type of love people will identify you with Christ. God loved you so much that he sent is Son, Jesus, to die for your sin. Not because he had to, but because he wanted to. If you look through the Old Testament, you’ll see the love God had for His people. He always provided a redeemer to bring them back to Him. Now, he provided Jesus Christ, so that even when we do fail we can run back into His arms. God’s love is unconditional. It never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:13:And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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