How to Grow in Love Part 2
Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Law and gave the New Testament Church one new commandment: To Love
The Word of God instructs us how to fulfill this commandment and how to grow in the God-kind of love.
1 THESSALONIANS 3: 12
And the Lord make you to increase and abound IN LOVE one toward another, and toward all men, as we do toward you.
We started this beautiful series two weeks ago, and the Lord certainly did bless. I shared one of the very first things we could do to help your love grow is to “THINK WITH LOVE!”
Today we will go to Number two: The second thing you can do to help your love grow is, “LOOK AT OTHERS WITH THE GOD-KIND OF LOVE!”
Luke 19: 41 says, “That Jesus beheld the city of Jerusalem, He wept over it.” Jesus realized the people’s plight and their future, and He wept because they were not repentant, and there was nothing He could do to change it. Jesus Christ looked on the people with compassion (Matt. 9: 36).
Just seeing the people with His physical eyes was not what moved Jesus with compassion. In a sense, Jesus looked through their faces. He looked beyond their bodies; He looked pass the crowd into the hearts of individuals, and He saw the sin, sickness, and pain. He was moved to minister to their needs.
In order to grow in love, we need to look at others with compassion and forgiveness, even when they miss it and sin. We must not look with disdain and say, “Well, I don’t understand them. If they were in the Word like they should be, they would not have done what they did. They would not have made that mistake.” That may be true, but, the fact remains that the mistake was made. So what are we to do about it?
GALATIANS 6: 1
Brethren, if a man be over taken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
When someone messes up and sin, you should first of all think, if I were in that position, how would I want to be treated? You would want people to show you compassion, love, mercy and forgiveness, wouldn’t you?
It is strange to me that a person who has sinned can ask God for forgiveness, receives it, and be restored into fellowship with God (1John 1: 9),yet many Christians won’t forgive him. Unless love is cultivated in the lives of those Christians, they cannot show the love of God to others.
Once again, I am out of time for this week. Next week we will go a little further in this wonderful series on, “HOW TO GROW IN LOVE.”
Word for Today: " The Invisible Sheild of Favor"
How would you like to find goodwill, acceptance, and consideration everywhere you go? The Bible calls that “favor.” For some people, the doors of opportunity always seem to swing wide open, the Bible calls that favor. In Psalms 5: 12 says, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (NIV). Imagine carrying around an invisible shield of goodwill where ever you go.