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 ago week, 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.”          

 

Your Pastor      

 

Word for Today: Positive Attitude

Harvard psychologist William James wrote, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”  Throughout the Bible, God stresses the impact your attitudes have on your quality of life. On numerous occasions the apostle Paul exhorts us to keep our attitudes humble, positive and pure. For those who do, the Bible promises peace, increase, and fulfilling relationships.  John Maxwell has called attitude, “the speaker of your present and the prophet of your future.”  God’s winning word for every one of us today is “ATTITUDE.”  What is your attitude communicating to those around you?