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Pastors invited to meet for prayer weekly on Mondays at FBC Ewing. Contact Russell Brownell at 573-248-7328 for more information.
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MSWSBA MESSENGER

Love is of God

 

    Love, as we define it in the English language, can be a complex thing. We say we love our spouse, we love our family, we love the dog, we love the weather, and we love chocolate. Yet every one of those, which we say we love, has that love expressed in very different ways. They mean different things, and we assume the hearer always knows which meaning is intended.


    In our language, love runs the gamut from appreciation to admiration to positivity to lust and so much more.


    One of the purposes of Jesus Christ was to clarify this oft confusing word and to demonstrate Godly love for his bride, the church. When Jesus was in the flesh on earth, he showed love in radical ways to teach us more about what love should mean.

    In 1 John 4:7 (NKJV) we read: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” In this verse, we are commanded to love each other, and to understand that true love, a giving, selfless love, comes from our Heavenly Father. By us loving each other, it shows we have a love for the God the Father, whom we know.

    In the next verse (verse 8) “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We are told an absence of such love indicates a gap in a relationship with The Father.

    Further more in verses 9-10, it says: “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

    As Jesus taught on earth, he boiled the commandments down to two great truths, as listed in Mark 12:29-31: “Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    It was our Heavenly Father that took the initiative to put love in the world, and to send Jesus to show us a love so deep that it would cover every one of our sins, if we but give them to Christ, and then accept the given love and further give that love to others in the world who don’t know this marvelous truth.

    Love wasn’t a man-made idea, and we can be grateful. Man’s best effort could never have come up with a purposeful and intentional and permanent love as that which Almighty God offers us, which includes that relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Dan Steinbeck, Moderator

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21876 HWY 6
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Mail: P.O. Box 247
Lewistown, Missouri 63452
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