Today we’re reading in the Love dare on day ten. The book talks about love being unconditional. It starts out by asking the questions, “Why do you love your wife?”, “Why do you love your husband?”- What would you say?
I pondered this question and really searched my heart for an answer. My first thought was, “I love my husband because God has placed a love in my heart for him I can’t even fully comprehend yet. I choose to love my husband but the love I have for him deep inside me is not something I created, this love was made by God.
1 John 4:8 (NLT) says this: But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God’s love is agape love defined as selfless and unconditional. The book states agape love is “in sickness and health” love, “for richer or poorer” love, “for better or worse” love. It is the only kind of love that is true love.
1 John 4:19 says: “We love, because He first loved us”
How can we know if we love God? How do we know if we love our husband’s? How do we know God loves us? The answer to all of these questions is the same. It has to be…TESTED.
John 21:15-19 says
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
So we are all faced with the same questions. Do we love Jesus? If we love Jesus, then we will feed His sheep and follow Him.
Galatians 5:14-15 Says this: The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
1 John 3:11 says: This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 4:10-11 says: This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
The word Love and words like loves or loved are mentioned between 300-697 times in the bible depending on the translation according to a search on google. Love is important it is the foundation in which we were made. We were made by God and made in His image and God is love.
In the book of Revelation there is a strong warning from God to us.
Revelation 2:4-5 says: Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
We are to return to Jesus our first love. Remember where we used to be and how He has brought us to the heights. We need to repent and do the things we did at first with Him. If we don’t He will come and remove our lampstand. Our lampstand, our light, our guide is Him. When He removes himself from us, we are lost, utterly hopeless with no sense of direction, blinded and left without protection. I shudder at the thought.
Today right now I choose to run to Jesus. Lord please forgive me for not searching for you, for not spending time with you, for not reading your word, for not praying, and for not believing. Remind me Lord of the height in which I have fallen. God show yourself to me and help me to do the things I did at first. Let us not fear the testing of our love, our service, our speech, and our lives. Let us receive your love so that we are able to love others. In Jesus name amen.
Revelation 2:10 says: Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.