Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Law and gave the New Testament Church one new commandment:
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.
Glory to God everybody. Thank God we can gather around the powerful Word of God today to study this marvelous subject: “How To Grow In Love.”
Well, last week we studied the fourth thing we could do to grow in the God-kind of Love. Today we will move on to Number Five. The Fifth thing we can do to make our Love Grow is “LABOR IN LOVE!”
1 THESSALONIANS 1: 3
3 Remembering without ceasing your WORK of faith, and LABOR OF LOVE, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
The person who fully understands love will have faith that works and the kind of patience that always expects!
You may want something now, but there are some things you have to work for. The blessings of God will not fall on us like ripe cherries falling from a tree. You have to work for things that are worth having in your life, such as an effective love walk. You must cultivate those things and be patient while they grow and develop.
For example, you don’t plant tomato seeds one week and then the next week say, “There aren’t any tomatoes on this vine; this vine is worthless!” And just rip it out of the ground.
No, you have to labor over that plant, fertilizing and watering it. Then one day, a little, round, green tomato appears. And you continue to work with it until it reaches its maturity.
We must Labor in Love. Christ’s work was a Labor of Love. He comforted those that were bereaved. He healed the sick. He gave sight to the blind, and forgave sin.
Your love will grow when you learn how to smile and speak kind words to others – when you learn how to do good deeds, and give of yourself. Love is not just giving of your finances, but it is the giving of your time and your shoulders for someone to cry on. Love is giving someone a ride when it takes you out of your way. Love is giving of yourself and your resources when it takes the Labor of Love to do it.
I hope you are enjoying this series as I am. I will conclude this lesson next week. So until then, this is Your Pastor saying, “Have Faith in God!”
Word for Today: Soft Answer
Have you ever known a person whose primary method of communication seemed to be a verbal attack? A person who communicates that way isn’t a bad person. They simply develop that pattern of communication as a result of insecurity, frustration or a feeling that they are under attack. How should you respond? The Bible says, “Soft answer turneth away wrath.” The next time you are at the end of such an attack, try responding with a soft answer, it will defuse hostile communication.