How Love Behaves – Part 1

Let’s take a look at the way love behaves. There are plenty of examples in the bible concerning the behavior of love. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. The Amplified translation really brings it home and makes it abundantly clear how the Christian is to behave in life.

1 Corinthians 13:4 in the Amplified Bible starts out by saying, “love endures long and is patient and kind”. Except, of course, when you get your food at the restaurant and it is not like you ordered it!

Now you can be unkind and impatient and just say anything you want to the wait staff and management because, bless God, you deserve better service than that, right? Wrong. Now is the time to walk in love.

Remember, love is not a feeling. Love is a decision, a commitment, or a way of behaving. You may be upset, but you do not have to show it. We do not have to act the way we feel. When you are really walking in love you can be pretty upset and nobody know it.

Husbands, we may have been placed as head of the house, by God, but that does not give us license to say anything we want, any way we want to say it. We must always be kind to our wives and children even when we have to bring correction. It is best to always be led by God who is love. Remember, if your wife is born again that makes God your father-in-law! Enough said.

When we criticize the pastor and his decisions we are not being kind. We can’t expect the glory of God to manifest in our church services when we have been critical of the pastor during the week.

We wonder why God didn’t show up this Sunday morning and ignore the fact that we have fussed and argued in the car all the way to church. And when we are unkind and not walking in love our protection from God goes out the window. When we fail to walk in love we step out from under the umbrella of God’s protection.

Make the quality decision right now that you are going to walk in love and be kind at all cost. The protection and provision of God are inseparable from walking in the love of God.

Loving God is Obeying God

We can’t exhaust the subject of how much God loves us.  So I won’t try.  Knowing how much God loves us better equips us for loving others.  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  These are the words of Jesus found in John chapter thirteen verses thirty-four and thirty-five.

Jesus didn’t say by what denomination we belong to.  He didn’t say by our speaking in tongues.  He didn’t even say by the miracles that happen in our church.  How are people going to know that we are His disciples?  They will know we are His disciples by me loving you and you loving me.  They will know by the way the body of Christ treats each other.

The world has seen our church splits.  They have seen our Christian marriages divorced.  They have seen our ministers sue one another.  It’s time they see us love one another.  When they see us change it will better facilitate the change in their lives.

In order for us to love one another we have to understand what it means to love God.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.  (Matthew 22:37-40)

In John 14 verses 21, 23 & 24, Jesus shows us what it means to love God.  Now remember these are His words.  They are in red letters.  In the Bible, red letters trump everything.  “21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”

The New Living Translation makes it even plainer.  “23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.”  We can’t begin to love others properly until we learn to obey God!

Introducing Faith Through Love Ministries!

Welcome to Faith Through Love Ministries. We are so excited to be entering a new season of our lives as God has led us to begin a new ministry in which we will teach and preach the life of Faith through love.  We hope you join us in this journey and welcome you to follow along as we begin sharing the way to live your life by using the Word of God in every area of your life!

God’s Word is powerful and means much more than just words on a page.  It is living and breathing.  Every question you have for your life has an answer in His Word! When you begin to read and put into practice the directions He gives us your life will change more than you could ever imagine!

May you begin today to seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him! (Jer. 29:13)

God bless you!

Steve & Trena Jones