Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Colossians 3:1-17 Put On The New Self

Step into the perfection He made just for you.

Paul is calling his readers to leave the “old self” behind and put on the “new self” instead. The old self is the life we had prior to meeting Jesus. He makes us new in Him. This new self seeks to please Him in all we do.

The old self was so familiar and comfortable. There weren’t any rules to have to live by except the “get all you can for yourself” mindset. It didn’t matter how you got what you wanted just so long as the end result was your own satisfaction. Lying, cheating, stealing and manipulation were everyday tools. Some of the best indulgences were sexual in nature. And you always had to have the best of everything, including looks, money, fame, power, and popularity. Read more »

1 Corinthians 16:12-18 Done In Love

The starting place for all God’s plans

This is Paul’s final instructions to the Corinthian church, for now. He also gives special instructions for honoring some of the founding fathers of this group.

“Let all that you do be done in love” (verse 14) encompasses everything that Paul spoke of in this letter. It also stands sentinel to the command he wrote just before it. “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (verse 13).

Paul wants this group to be watchful to prevent sin from sneaking back into the body. But confront those who have fallen in love.

Stand firm in the teachings that you have received. Keep the foundational truths pure. But bring the new believers along in love. Don’t force them to mature to your standards. Let the Holy Spirit take the lead. Read more »

Romans 13:8-14 Love Is The Law

The Spirit of the Law

Paul is wrapping up his instructions. He just finished speaking to us regarding authorities over us (vertical relationships) and now he addresses interactions among us (horizontal relationships).

All during Paul’s letter he made it clear that we were not under the law and didn’t have to adhere to it for our salvation. But he also made clear that because of our love for Jesus, that we should follow the commandments of God. Read more »

Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus Teaches Amazing Love

love your enemy too

Love your enemy

Jesus tells us to love our enemies today. I have had a few people in my life I would NOT call my friend, but I don’t know if I would actually call them my enemy. What really is an enemy?

I was talking to Damion, my oldest grandson, about this question. We agreed that an enemy is someone who, when you see them or even think about them, you experience a visceral reaction of anger or hate towards them, and want to tear them apart or wish them dead. I guess by our agreed upon definition, there are a couple of people in my life that elicited that kind of reaction from me, FOR A TIME. This isn’t how I react when I think of them now. Does that mean they are no longer my enemy? I know for a fact that, if given the chance, they would behave towards me in the same manner they previously did that brought me to that point of hate. Would they then become my enemy again? Do they consider me their enemy?

I was just prompted to look at this a different way. I have someone in my life that their behavior makes me so angry that I want to smack them or shake them while yelling, “Don’t you get it! What you are doing is SO wrong!” I think that puts them in the enemy class. I don’t wish them dead but I certainly wish their behavior dead. Read more »