True Love

“Dear friends, let us love one another,
for love comes from God.”
1 John 4:7 NIV

What passes for love can often be simply—a transient emotional state of mind. When we shine the light of Scripture on the subject of love we see that true love is a verb (an action) more than a noun (a thing or emotion).

Genuine love is not particularly “an itch you can’t scratch” nor is it primarily a feeling. Love is an activity rather than a state of being.

When we look at 1 Corinthians 13, the writer tells us that love is a way of relating to people rather than simply an emotion.

Over and over in Scripture we read statements like,  (Ephesians 5:2)

“Christ loved us and gave Himself for us.”

The best known and cherished verse in this regard is John 3:16 where we read,

“For God so loved the world that He gave…”.

So genuine, biblical love is an activity that benefits the one loved. When we want to know if someone loves the Lord or not we need to remember the words of Jesus in John 14:21(NIV)

“Whoever has my commands
and keeps them is the one who loves me…”

True love for the Lord is seen in obedience to Him. We maintain fellowship with the Lord as we keep His commandments. In fact, Jesus said in John 15:10 (NIV)

“If you keep my commands,
you will remain in my love…”

We cannot overestimate the necessity of obedience to prove our love for the Lord and our true relationship with Him.

Measure your love for the Lord by your obedience to His will and your joy in doing His will.

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