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Love Never Fails – 1 Corinthians 13


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For the last 14 posts I have been studying and discussing the detailed description of love provided for us in 1 Corinthians 13.  This “agape” love that is described there is the love that we, as disciples of Jesus, are expected to live.  This is mentioned many times in 1 John and other places.  This is the love God possesses (John 3:16, for example) and that we see modeled for us throughout scripture and, most specifically, in Jesus’ life on earth, culminating in His crucifixion and resurrection.

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What does it mean to love another? – 1 Corinthians 13


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In earlier posts I talked about how understanding love is central to understanding God and the relationship He has designed for us to have with Him and with each other.  To truly understand this love (agape), we need to pay careful attention to how it is described in the scriptures.  The Lord has given us guidance about the nature of this love and it is very different from what is so common in popular culture and often in our own understanding.  (Note the definitions in this earlier post.)

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Does Loving God Mean I Must Love My Brother?


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For the people of God it only makes sense that we love God.  We may struggle with learning what that love entails, but we understand that He expects it.  And, as we come to know Him and His love more, we are moved to open ourselves more completely to loving Him.  However, there is an integral part of this love that may not seem as obvious.

Reading through 1 John it becomes apparent that there is a direct connection between the love we have for God and the love we have for our brethren.  And this is not an optional connection.  Consider the following passages:

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What Does it Mean to Love God?


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It is not unusual to hear someone claim to love God.  I make that claim myself.  But what does that mean?  Or rather, what is that supposed to mean, as we see it described in God’s word?  In the last post, I talked about how our whole existence is supposed to be involved in our love for God.  What does that mean to me?  How will that show up in my life?  This is not to be merely a one time event, but an ongoing relationship.  Notice the sense of continuity in this passage in Jude.

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God is Love – part 2


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One of the most famous verses in the New Testament also tells us a lot about God’s love.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

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What is meant by “love”?


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As I mentioned in an earlier post, the study and understanding of love is complicated by the fact that there are so many ways in which the word “love” is used in conversation and writing today.  We can read in the bible that God expects us to love Him and each other and then assure ourselves and others that we are doing exactly that.  But are we actually loving as the New Testament describes it?  If the love of which we feel assured is not the love of which God speaks, then we are not fulfilling His expectations.  How can we know what the inspired writers of the bible mean by “love”?  I looked up some definitions.  We can use an English dictionary and, while that can be helpful, a modern dictionary tells us how the word is currently being used.  I am more interested in what the inspired writers of the bible meant.

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The Realization of the Story of God’s Love – the New Testament


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God’s love is seen throughout the bible.  As noted in 1 John, love is the essence of God’s nature.  When we get to the New Testament we see the culmination of the scheme of redemption, which is the ultimate manifestation of God’s love.  That event was set in place before time began, (1 Peter 1:18-20) and prophesied for millennia.  God lived as a human, sacrificed Himself for humanity and conquered death itself, ascending to His throne.

So, it is no surprise that so much is recorded in the New Testament about His love.  Here are some examples that speak of God’s love.

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