Doctrine of Love? 6/30/15

What does Love really look like?

With the recent ruling of the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, the news is full of people on both sides of the issue calling for Christians to show love.  Through the scriptures we are instructed that love should be the driving force that motivates us to do what we do. The bible tells us, “If I could speak all the languages of the earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, an if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all the knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT. The bible further says,“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT.   Yes, we are instructed to love people, love them in spite of their sins, their race, their gender, and even in spite of the lifestyle they choose.  But then we have to ask ourselves, “What should our acts of love look like?”  If I was standing on that bank of a river and watching a person that I loved fishing from a bridge, and then all of a sudden I saw something happen underneath the bridge that made me believe the bridge was going to collapse and that person would be killed, what would an act of love look like? If I just stood there and minded my own business would I be showing love? If I thought to myself, “I won’t bother him, if he don’t bother me,” would that be showing love? Or would I be showing love if yelled to that individual and warned him of the pending devastation that would happen if he didn’t get off the bridge? What if that individual said, “I don’t want to get off the bridge, I’m catching a lot of fish?” If I truly loved that person I would endanger myself and run onto the bridge, I would grab them, throw them over my shoulder and carry them off the bridge kicking and screaming, if I could save their life.  That would be an example of love in action!  I think that many in our country misinterpret our acts of love.  We do not preach against sin out of hatred or bigotry, we believe that we are giving a warning. We believe that someday every person will stand before a Righteous Judge, who is even higher than the Supreme Court  Justices of the United States of America. We believe that unconfessed and unrepentant sin, as outlined in the Bible, will cause you to reap eternal judgement.  If we truly believe the Bible and love people, how could we stand silent while the bridge is collapsing.  Many are even putting themselves at risk by opening themselves up to be labeled as a haters, or a bigots because they truly believe in God’s Word and are willing to be persecuted by the very ones they are trying to warn. Today I want to encourage you to be driven by the love of God. To sit and be silent, to ignore, or even to agree with something we believe is wrong is not showing love. The truth is, it is showing a lack of love. When you truly love someone you will do everything in your power to save them, even at the price of that person not loving you back, or hating you because of your act of love!

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