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Post  Admin on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:52 pm

THE MIRACLE OF LOVE *
*by Robert Hanna *
*
JESUS Christ, who is very God, thus addressed His disciples: "This is my
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"
(John 15:12,13). The magnitude of the love of God is beyond the scope of
human comprehension. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
Obviously, the world is anything but lovable! Ergo, the evident meaning
is that God showed forth such great love toward the world, that, despite
their unregenerate condition, men might, upon believing, obtain eternal
life. "For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure
for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"
(Romans 5:7,8). How can we possibly conceive of such love! It would be
impossible for us to generate equal love. "Herein is love, not that we
loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation
for our sins .... We love Him, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:10,19).
The central figure of the entire Word of God is Jesus Christ. And the
total remedy for all of the ills of the world was effected by Him in the
offering of Himself at Calvary, to suffer, bleed and die as the spotless
lamb of the once-for-all sacrifice required to satisfy the demands of
God's standard of justice. All this was accomplished by the exercise of
God's love. The supreme teaching of the Scriptures must surely be the
doctrine of love.
How appropriately does our Apostle so emphasize: "And now abideth faith,
hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE" (1Cor.
13:13). Our motivation-- our driving force--as saints of God, is His
love. "For the love of Christ constraineth us ... " (2 Cor. 5:14). By
the power of His love we are assured of ultimate victory. We are
destined to suffer for Him in sundry ways, as members of His body ."Yea,
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution"
(2 Tim. 3:12). There will be losses and defeats and pain and trials. But
"In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved
us" (Rom. 8:37).
The Apostle's personal testimony should be emulated by every saint of
God. He passionately affirms, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless
I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now
live in the flesh I live by the faith [fulness] of the Son of God, who
loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Gal. 2:20).
Our Apostle clearly defines the spiritual responsibility of the saint of
God in testimony and witness. "Now the end of the commandment is love
out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned"
(1 Tim. 1:5) Having enumerated the proper behavioral characteristics of
the faithful believer, Paul sums up with these words: "And above all
these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness" (Col. 3:14).
We must continually reassess our compliance with the stipulations set
forth by our Apostle. Are we preoccupied with our intellectual knowledge
of Scripture? Do we present ourselves to others as superior and
complacent and above reproach? Do we arrogantly contend for our personal
opinion and demean those with whom we do not agree? We are admonished to
avoid such behavior. "The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be
gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. .. "(2 Tim.2:24).
The Apostle Paul prays for us as members of the body of Christ, "That
Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and
grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the
fulness of God" (Eph. 3:17-19).
How very true it is, that the love of Christ "passeth knowledge!" Our
reciprocal love toward Him can never compare with His love to us. That
kind of love is far beyond our capacity to understand or express. But we
can pour out the love of which we are capable of returning from a heart
full of the joy and peace bestowed by God's grace.
Lest we be tempted to be caught up with the illusion of self-worth, may
we be ever mindful of these humble words of Paul: "Though I have the
gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not
love, I am nothing" (1 Cor. 13:2).
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and WALK IN LOVE,
as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us as an
offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour" (Eph.5:1,2).
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