(1 Corinthians 13:4-8; AMP)
4. Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Love is such a powerful thing! Think of it, Christ died because of love. God spared us from an eternity in hell because of love. God gave His only Son because of love. We have continually been rebellious, unforgiving, cruel and unkind, and unloving to a more than loving sovereign King! But here God teaches us a little something on love, though it should speak volumes to every individual saved and unsaved…especially the saved! We are more so held accountable because we are His offspring! We should love the most because we represent the King who is EVERYTHING and LOVE!!! I will be the 1st to put myself out there as unloving…I have not lived up to these scriptures…I have not loved as Christ would have wanted me to love…
LOVE, without restraint…
LOVE, without condemnation or judgement…
LOVE, without barrier or restriction!
LOVE, with conviction and passion…
LOVE, in truth and liberty!!!
LOVE with acceptance, even the flaws…
LOVE no matter what the cost!!!
Because God loved us with such intent passion, He loved us with all our flaws and wretchedness!!! The evidence of
such love was the very being that cost Him…LOVE came with a hefty price!
But it was love nontheless…
a Man hanging on a tree, broken, bloodied, nailed…innocence!!!
God demonstrated His love by this very picture of Jesus!
In His innocence He bore OUR guilt and became the guilty, the cursed, the wretchedness of humanity…
and He was not spared, nor did He want to be!
Because He saw the JOY that was set before Him so He endured the cross.
The true passion of the Christ…was the unconditional, unwavering, and unfathomable love of Jesus!
LOVE WITHOUT RESTRAINT,
LOVE WITHOUT COMPROMISE,
THE LOVE THAT BEARS EVERYTHING!
In return we should have that same love towards others and of course Christ.
Love with desperation and passion…LOVE WITH A PURPOSE!!!!!