God Is Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 4:8:
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is love! The Greek word for love is agapee, and is the spiritual love of God that not only is a characteristic of Him, but also is something that God has given to His children. The phrase, “He that loveth not knoweth not God;” contains a double negative to boost the positive reality that believers not only can love with God’s love, but they will also come to know God Who is love.

Ephesians 5:1-2a:
-1: BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
-2a: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. . .

Not only is God love, but we are also encouraged to “walk in love.” How are we to walk in love? We love as Christ has loved us. Jesus Christ was the Son of God and he walked in love in his daily life toward his fellow man, and we are told in Ephesians to be followers of God as His dear children in the same way that Jesus Christ was. Now let us notice in Ephesians 5:1 the word “therefore,” because its usage has a specific purpose that will help us to become followers of God. In order to fully understand the word “therefore” we will need to go back two verses.

Ephesians 4:31-32:
-31: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
-32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

By putting away ill thoughts and words and by being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another, this is how to follow God. God forgives us for the sake of Jesus Christ who had given his life for you and me. So in order for believers to “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved,” we will therefore want to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving as well. Then the walk of love becomes a reality.

I John 4:16:
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

In the Bible Byte “Understanding God”, we saw one of the names of God was “I AM” and now we have come all the way to understanding Him in His love, for we are currently dwelling in Him and He is dwelling in us. Believers can grasp the magnificence of all God has presented to us, and how much Christ has introduced the Father to us by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension, as he stands at the right hand of God continuously interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34). The Word of God always points the believers in the right direction, showing how to believe what it says and showing how God in Christ is always at work to help believers into the ways of God’s love. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for {the return of} Christ {for us}” (II Thessalonians 3:5).

Out of the Heart (God’s Love Inspires Believers to Be Pleasing to God)

“Jesus taught us out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts– Mark 7:21, and thoughts are the foundations for all human actions. However, for the Christian man and woman, when the love of God is introduced into their hearts (Romans 5:5-8), then this heavenly love helps change their mindsets to produce biblical thoughts that can literally overcome evil thoughts, and thus, heavenly love can definitely change the behaviors of man, from the inside out. God’s love inspires believers to be pleasing to God. This kindlier love is often translated in the Bible into the word ‘charity,’ and charity, thinketh no evil {NO EVIL}- I Corinthians 13:5, because God’s love produces the lovely fruit of love (Galatians 5:22). You see, spiritual love is ‘after HIS kind’ ― God. The Christian with God’s love in his or her heart can become a genuine lover, of God, of fellow men, and of self, for it is impossible to think evil through the eyes, actions, and passions of God’s spiritual love, and therefore, as promised, Charity never faileth– I Corinthians 13:8.” ~LMJ~

A Lovely Walk

“Walking with the love of God in our hearts today will relieve of us any and all fears about our glorious future to be with God and our Savior. God has made us accepted as His beloved in Christ (Ephesians 1:6), and as members of His family (Ephesians 2:19), and when we reach out with His love, then we will know this with an absolute certainty, and we will enjoy His spiritual love enthusiastically.” ~LMJ~

The Greater Love (Part One)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

This commandment of Jesus was first given back in the Gospel of John chapter 13:34-35, when he called it “the new commandment.” This new commandment is to love in a specific way, “as I have loved you.” Coming to know Jesus from the Scriptures is how we learn how he loved, for his love was and still is the love of God, and it is available today to love as Jesus loved.

John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus in explaining who has the love of God says “greater love hath no man.” The word “man” is the Greek word for “one,” for “no one” other than Jesus at this time in the Gospel of John had this greater love to apply and enjoy. This is why he said “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you” (John 5:42). Then, Jesus says that it would take this greater love in order for him to lay down his life for his friends. Have you ever considered yourself as a friend of Jesus? Well he considers himself your friend! This greater love that Jesus was referring to is what is now available from God because of the sacrifice of Jesus laying down his life for us.

John 13:37-38:
-37: Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
-38: Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

Peter was willing, he considered the task of dying for Jesus, yet Jesus knew that even with all the good intentions of Peter to want to help, if it meant dying, Peter would never be able to carry it through. Human (man’s own) love never really allows one to make that ultimate sacrifice for others. In war, of course it is a different story, for it is kill or be killed. However, Jesus obviously knew that Peter would not be able to lay down his life and would even deny him. No one had the spiritual love to carry out God’s will for the redemption of humanity other than Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Today, because of the ultimate sacrifice, crucifixion, and torture that Jesus endured we now have every right into all the love of God that Jesus displayed. I would like to close out this Bible byte by quoting from the Epistle of Romans.

Romans 5:6-8:
-6:  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
-7:  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
-8:  But God {who was in Christ, II Corinthians 5:19} commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Overflowing with Abundance

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Thessalonians 4:9 – But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

The words “brotherly love” is the Greek word philadelphia, and refers to human love, as parents have for their children and children for their parents – it is the love of people. The Apostle Paul says that concerning philadelphia “ye need not that I write unto you:” because brotherly love is an innate quality of life, we instinctively love people with this kind of love all the time.

The second word for “love” in the above verse is the Greek agapao. This is the verb form of the noun, agapee, the love of God. Agapao is God’s love that He gives, it is charity in action. It is spiritual love, godly love.  God Himself is the teacher, for He teaches His own children how to love with His love, by His unconditional love for His children. Agapao is a spiritual quality of life that is only available to the children of God! “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). His good pleasure is always for us to walk in the fullness of His love, and He will help us into applying the love of God in our daily lives.

The more we see how much God loves us from His Word, the greater His love will grow in our hearts.  Then we can with understanding experience His love.  This is how God teaches us to love one another in crystal clear revelations and inspirations that will always build up, exhort, and encourage us even more into the ways of God’s divine love.

When we act on what the Scriptures reveal regarding the love of God, we are never alone because with God, love is not a one way street. He will be with us continuously inspiring us with His love so that we are always assured that we will never run out of the supply of the love of God. When you give God’s love away to others, regardless of whether or not they love you in return, God will still keep you overflowing in love, for God’s love is an endless supply.

I Thessalonians 4:10 – And indeed ye do it {do love with the love that God gives and teaches} toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

The words “increase more and more” means to be overflowing with abundance. As we discover God’s love and begin applying it in our lives we will come to know the overflowing and abundant love of God upon our very lives because the love of God is indeed a vital part of the spiritual quality of life that we can continuously bask in and cherish.

God’s love, charity, is something that God through His Word can continue to inspire the believer with. The more love is applied, the more it will flow into the heart of your understanding, and the more God, as love’s divine Teacher, will be able to manifest Himself to your heart with His own love.