Genuine Love

Yesterday, we began to look at what it means to love, particularly the definition that the world provides.  But what about the Word?  Check this out.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.   Luke 6:35 (ESV)

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.  For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 5:44-45 (ESV)

Notice, those are both spoken by Jesus.  Now to Paul.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord.’  To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:19-21 (ESV)

Most of us think of our enemies as being evil.  We really like phrases like burning coals on his head.  That’s what we want for our enemies.  But notice what we’re to do to those who hate us (and often times those we “love less” 🙂 ).  Do good to them.  Lend things to them expecting nothing in return.  Pray for them.  Don’t look to repay them for what they’ve done.  To summarize, Jesus and Paul tell us to love.  Love them despite.  Love as Jesus loved/loves.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8 (ESV)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.  John 13:34-35 (ESV) – Jesus

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4 Responses to “Genuine Love”

  1. Yes. Genuine love is in the Jesus we’re called to follow. To begin to know him is to begin to know this love, and live in it. Good words, nmpreach! Thanks.

  2. Thanks for reading Ted.

  3. It is difficult to love those who hate you, those who bother you, those who are annoying… and then are we suppose to love ALL THE TIME? God says yes, promising that he’s got our back and that all is well. And yet God knew that we would be unable to always love and offers this to us: Lleave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Mathew 5:24. Love like God does… and when you can’t… go make it right… 🙂 love it – –

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