Love, what a word. It is a great word, over used, but a great word! Love is also suppose to be an action, not just a word.
Let’s look at this word “Love.” The Holman Illustration Bible Dictionary defines “love” as: unselfish, loyal, and benevolent intention and commitment toward another. These are hard for us sometimes.
There are a couple of Hebrew words used in the Old Testament for this word “Love” and they are: ahavah – which can be used of human love towards oneself, or another person (Jer 31:3); and the other is chesed – which is covenant love.
There are a few Greek words for “Love” in the new testament and they are: eros – erotic or sexual love; phileo– tender affection, such as towards a friend or a family member. It’s used to express the Father God’s love for Jesus (John 5:20), God’s love for an individual believer (John 16:27), Jesus’ love for a disciple (John 20:2). It’s not used for a person’s love towards God; and then there is agapao – used by believers to denote the special unconditional love of God and is used interchangeable with phileo to designate God the Father’s love for Jesus (John 3:35), God the Father’s love for a believer (John 14:21) and Christ’s love for a disciple (John 13:23). Love is a fruut of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22), it is not directed toward the world or the things of the world (I John 2;15, 16). The ultimate example of God’s love is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:34, and 15:12). Jesus is LOVE! (I John 4:8) God is LOVE!
There is no love like God’s love! He loves the un-loveable and undeserving. Can we say that we do this? Do we love our enemy, the person that caused us the pain and hurt us, or made us mad? God does – He loves each and every one of us; so much, He sent His son to wash away our sins and save us so He could be with us.
Jesus showed love to the soldier that came to take him away by healing his ear after Peter cut if off (because he was mad at the soldier for trying to take Jesus). So that person we don’t like because they hurt us or made us mad, the one we just can’t stand to be around, or the one we turn our noses up at – God loves and He COMMANDS us to do the same. We make the excuse sometimes, that “I’m not God, I can’t do that”; and that’s true – we are not God. So why do we try to be Him when we are judging people, or gossiping about people. If we are true believers in Christ then we can love like Christ because He placed His “Helper” in us when we accepted Him into our hearts. He sealed the Holy Spirit in us, so we have His power to love as He loves. We can’t do anything God asks us to do without His help, and allowing Him to do it through us. We need to ask God to change our hearts and eyes; so we can love and see people as He does. If we are sincere when we ask Him to do this, He will be faithful to change us; but we also have a teachable heart. Because when He changes us, He may ask us to show love to the one person we thought we couldn’t stand to be around.
Remember, we don’t know what someone else is going through or what they are dealing with in the life; but God does and he may just use us to reach that person. If we listen and follow what God tells us to do, He’ll do it through us, not us. Then we will start seeing our fruit start growing. if every one of us loved as God commands of us, oh how different this world would look.
Let’s pray for hearts and eyes like God’s, so we can start loving our neighbors and our enemies, and start making a difference in our communities. If we all start there then maybe all the communities would soon join together and a true Unity will start. Let’s start growing our fruit.