My favorite subject to study in the Bible is the Love of God. I love searching and studying on God’s love. 1 John 4:16 says, “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” If we want more of God, all we need is more love. We need to walk more in the love of God and the more we walk in the love of God, the more we see God manifest in our lives.
I believe the Bible teaches that love is God in action. God so loved the world that He gave His Son. He so loved you that He gave His Son. He so loved the sinner that He gave His Son. God so loved the addict and the homo-sexual that He gave His Son. God so loved that He gave. Jesus His Son so loved us that He died.
But not only did Jesus die, He so loved you that He lived everyday of His life for you. You see, He could not be born and just die. Why couldn’t He just be born and die? Why did He have to live 33 1/2 years and go through all the rejection, suffering and persecution that He went through? Why couldn’t He just be born and a day or week later just die for your sins? That was not enough He had to live for you. He had to live to fulfill all of the Law of Moses, because you and I couldn’t do it. So every day He lived, He lived in love and He lived for you and He died for you. Everything Jesus did was about us. He lived for us and He died for us.
God so loved us that He gave Jesus. Jesus so loved us that He lived for us and died for us. That’s what love is, it’s God in action. Love is the grace of God, the mercy of God revealed through God and through Jesus. God so loved you that He gave you His son. God so loved you that His Son gave you His life.
John 13:34 says, “Jesus said a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” How can I love just like He loved me? As time went on I began to grow in this, I began to understand that I can actually do this. But I found out that most Christians don’t really want to do this. Most Christians want to hang on to their rights.
Self-centeredness is the root of all sin. Everything that we call sin, grows out of self-centeredness. Self-centeredness came about by the fall of Adam. When Adam fell he became a god unto himself. He became self-justified. He became self-righteous. He became self-dependent. It was all about self.
Self-justification, is not the love of God. The love of God is that, He loves us so much that He gave everything for us. We should walk in that love, just like He walked in that love towards us. You say, well Pastor I have my rights. No! Once you become a child of God you give up your rights. Christians don’t like that. We want to hang on to that self-centeredness.
You know Pastor I understand as a Christian I need to help support this. But, Pastor what about me? What about me and my rights? That is self-centeredness. The Bible kind of love dies to self. It starts being about your brother next to you on the pew. It goes even beyond that, it’s about those people out there that I don’t even know yet. God says we can walk in that love. That is not a suggestion, that is a commandment.