God's Sword of Truth - The Word
The most misused, misunderstood word in all creation and in every language, is the word LOVE. The Word is not what man has given it for its definition. The word LOVE is more than a word with human understanding. It's an act, it's a living word, it is not what is said but what is done in deed, an action doing word. A word that is seen and heard, and it needs no explanation of fact for it is a spiritual word.
Our first encounter of the true meaning of the word comes from the Lord, His Word, the scriptures. I JOHN 4:20...."If a man say, I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen." Your brother is all of God's human creation. True love forgives, overlooks all wrong done, accepts everyone, does not discriminate and has no enemy.
If you have true love, Godly love, you cannot hate or even dislike anyone, whatever the reason. You may disagree, you may not like what they do, you may hate the sin they do, but you always love them as God's creation - Matt.5:43-45 - "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." You can rebuke them, be salt to them, even put them out from you due to their sin. You judge their sin, not the soul of the person. The Lord and only the Lord shall judge all souls. You can never understand God's love with human understanding, you must have Jesus within, by the Holy Spirit, who is our only teacher of truth and love. Follow Him!
We are told, there is Faith, Hope and Charity (Love), and the greatest of these three is Charity (Love) (I Cor.13:13 - "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.") You cannot be a Christian without God's love in you, in your heart - where the soul lives. You cannot have PEACE within yourself without this type of love. If there is unrighteousness in you (your heart), and you have anger, human-worldly anger in you, then you are of the world and Satan. There is righteous anger, Godly anger, when it is directed toward sin. It hates sin and the devil, it hates evil deeds, it hates the loss of a soul to Satan. It never hates the person because the person can repent.
True love wants only to be with the Lord, to be with Him forever. It looks to the Lord in all things, knows the Lord and lives Him, therefore in all your ways acknowledge Him. When you know the Lord and He knows you, He will give you all the answers you will need for this life and the next. His Spirit shall teach you all things if you ask. He will make you complete and give you all the wisdom and knowledge you will ever need. Your cup shall run over. He gives you a jealous love, but a type you want to share, which makes you all ONE in Christ. Remember, for them to see Christ in you, in your works and deeds, they must be looking or seeking and then they must see Christ and believe He is. The Jews saw Christ but did not recognize Him, and in fact killed Him.
No one can understand the mind of God, but we can get some glimpses of His love by His Word. In JOHN 3:16, "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." Jesus tells us in JOHN 14:15, "If ye Love me, keep my commandments." JOHN 14:23..."If a man love me, he will keep my Words." You must love Jesus - God, in all sincerity.
Other great acts of TRUE love: MATT.22:39"... thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself";... JOHN 13:35..."By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another"; JOHN 15:13... "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". ROMANS 5;8..."But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." "But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith he loved us." I JOHN 3:1...."Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the SONS OF GOD; where the world knoweth us not because it knew Him not." May I ask, who knows you? There are no conditions to love. It is a spiritual word, and needs spiritual understanding. "You must put on LOVE, which is the bond of perfectness."I TIM. 6:11. It is not a religious word, it is not their type of love. (Example)-They go to a church building made with hands, preach love and forgiveness, but do not do what they say.....They go to war, kill their enemies.....They do not agree with each other in doctrine or the Word.....They love the world, its governments and politics. How can this be? "But I say unto you, [not me, but the Lord], LOVE your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you!"MATT 6:44. "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye" MATT 5:46. These are true meanings of love. Do you understand?
How many religions or preachers, do you know, who teach MATT. 5: 39 and live it? Jesus speaking,"But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Do you understand this, "RESIST NOT EVIL" again, "LOVE YOUR ENEMY"....."Do good to those WHO HATE YOU". Which love do you have? Religious or spiritual? Do you love life in the flesh, the world and its ways, and your family and money mean more than the Lord? These types of love are earthly, sensual and devilish, they are not grounded in Godly LOVE, they profit only the flesh and shall perish in the test of the spirit.
Religious people practice their faith,.....they practice their love (a surface love of the flesh, not deep rooted),.....a love which has no substance, has no truth or meaning to it, it is not Godly. They only know the human earthly meaning of man's love. It is so obvious, if they know not God, how can they know His love?
There is a test, a proof, a true standard of love, of a Godly LOVE. From the Word, ".... .all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" John 13:35 (a love of no conditions or buts). "...That ye love one another as I have loved you..." JOHN 15:12. "Let love be without dissimulation" (nothing hidden). ROMANS 12:9. ".....see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently" (a doing for others without a reward) I PETER 1:22. It is unchangeable, self-sacrificing, inseparable, sacrificial and can be manifested until death.
God showed His LOVE in Christ, Jesus showed His LOVE in His death on the cross, for all of us. We show our LOVE by living Christ Jesus within. "Grace be with you all that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity." EPHES.6:24.
There are signs of human nature, a fleshly nature, a devilish nature of the spirit of the world. It can attack at any time, it's Satan's work from the outside. The bad spirit is displayed by anger, hostility, a complaining attitude, discontent, hard to satisfy, always looking out for number one, ego, they have a knowledge of the Lord but do not walk after Him, they are unstable and in danger, they can be ungrateful in what they have from the Lord, never seeming to come to the complete knowledge of Christ Jesus. They are double minded and unstable. A perfect soul for Satan's use of the flesh. They can fit in with anyone, flesh or spirit. They make life miserable for those around them. They concern themselves with the flesh, daily life, their looks, the flesh, all the things of little importance, they have not killed the flesh, they have not died to self, they are unstable souls. Their life is full of worry about material things; appearance, money, clothes, things (all surface things), and they do not have their priorities in order. At any crisis they fall apart, distress appears, they become very emotional and even sick. It's very sad to see this, what a waste, it's a sign of a dying soul, a spirit in distress. It's a sad way to live, with little hope, no blessing and prayers unanswered. All they get is more turmoil, pain, suffering, confusion and they shall reap what they sow.
There is a saying, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", I say do good unto others in-spite of what they do to you, and love them anyway. I have written many times, you must die for your faith in all love, not fight for it or march for it, don't resist evil, it must come. Christ shall take care of that problem when He returns. Your life on earth is a spiritual existence, you live as Christ did, He changed nothing of the world, only souls who wanted to know Him. He marched against no one and did not try to change any government, race or creed.
The heart is the spiritual hope of the Christian and the Lord knows and sees this place (the heart), and only a Christian can know another Christian's heart by his fruits. It's a non-judging place and its manifestation is love and has peace within. It's a measure of faith and consciousness and knowledge of God as fact. You can see it in spirit by the Spirit. Once you really have it you can serve no other god.
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye." - Col.3:12,13. I pray everyone knows the Lord as I do. To those who don't know me, or understand me or my Lord, and have aught against me, who do not love me, I FORGIVE. You have not offended me, I am nothing, but if you do not Love my Lord and you do not know Him, then you do not deserve Him and He shall judge you. You shall know the Wrath of God soon. You shall have a part of what awaits Satan in the Lake of Fire.
Man has said, "Love is never having to say your sorry"....but there's more...Godly Love is totally having forgiveness before the fact. You are a sinner, fact! You are forgiven in Christ, fact! You have to believe, fact! You must ask, fact! Seek and you shall find, fact! This is Godly LOVE, for God is Love.
"AND WE HAVE KNOWN AND BELIEVED THE LOVE THAT GOD HATH TO US. GOD IS LOVE; AND HE THAT DWELLETH IN LOVE DWELLETH IN GOD, AND GOD IN HIM." - I JOHN 4:16
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.