“Love, Sweet Love”

Posted: May 11, 2017 in Christian Life, Gospel of John

John 13:34, 35

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love / It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of / What the world needs now is love, sweet love, / Not not just for some but for everyone.” Jackie DeShannon. Perhaps some of you “Flower Children” remember this song.

Type. But we need to ask the question, What kind of love does this world really need? The Greeks had basically four words for love. “Eros” dealt with sensual, erotic love. There is plenty of this in the world but it’s not producing “peace on earth.” (Lasting “peace on earth” won’t come until the “Prince of Peace” returns to this earth (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; Revelation 19:16. It may come a lot sooner than most people think.) The word “eros” was not used in the Scriptures.  The verb “phileo” has to do with tender affection for mankind in general (John 16:27; 21:15). “Storge” deals with the natural affection that one has for his/her family members. In the last days it would be lacking among many people (Romans 1:31; 2 Timothy 3:3).

New. When Jesus addressed His disciples on the night before He was to be betrayed by one of His own disciples and then hung on a cross to die for our sins, He gave them a new commandment. Having just washed their feet to demonstrate to them their need to have a servant’s heart, He told them to “love one another as He had loved them. By this all would know that they were His disciples” (John 13:34, 35).

Quote. “Love is the badge of Christian discipleship. It is not knowledge, nor orthodoxy, nor fleshly activities, but (supremely) love which identifies a follower of the Lord Jesus. As the disciples of the Pharisees were known by their phylacteries, as the disciples of John were known by their baptism… so the mark of a true Christian is love; and that, a genuine, active love, not in words but in deeds.” – Arthur Pink

Contrast. The Old Commandment was to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). This was the best that an Old Testament believer could do. It was very subjective. Everyone loves himself/herself differently. Some people claim to hate themselves. It’s more likely that they hate their face, place, or race. The Scriptures instruct Christian husbands to love their wives as they naturally love themselves (Ephesians 5:28).

Qualities. God’s kind of love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This kind of love is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers who are not grieving or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30;1 Thessalonians 5:19). It is one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” Galatians 5:22). Do you know what the other eight parts are and how you are supposed to direct them? What should a Christian not love (1 John 2:15-17)?

Rebels. “Like us, the [Lord’s] disciples lived in a society that had rebelled against God. Like us, they learned more quickly from modeling and demonstration than by being told what was right. So on that final night before His death, Jesus exemplified love, explained it, and then exhorted His disciples to follow His example…When a new love enters our hearts, it drives out old and stagnant feelings, even attraction for things that would do us harm. One writer called this kind of love ‘the expulsive power of a new affection.”” – Ken Gangel

New Birth. If you’ve never been “born again from above” (John 3:3-7) you can become a true Christian by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Help. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Clear Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

Portions adapted from Ken Gangel, John, and from Chuck Swindoll, Following Christ.

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