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The Meaning Of Love Part 7 (2)

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Proverbs 25:21 NIV84
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Proverbs 14:31 NIV84
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
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The Meaning of Love

Love means to seflessly serve the needs and interests of others in a way that honors and edifies them.
1 Corinthians 13:7–8 NIV84
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Cor 13:
Pride vs Love
Pride: I am special
Entitlement: I deserve more
Offense: I didn't get what I deserve
Bitterness: I want you to suffer
Love: You are special
Service: I want you to have what you need
Joy: It is more blessed to give than to receive
Honor: I want you to be blessed

Love always trusts.

Love believes the best of others and hopes the best for them.
People are naturally suspicious. When we are suspicious it implies that we do not trust people because we do not perceive them to be trustworthy. This may be a rational conclusion, but it will inevitably be insulting and aliente people from us rather than endear them to us.
-The ESV Study Bible Chapter 13
Christian men will reckon it better to be imposed upon by his own kindness and easy temper, than to wrong his brother by an unfriendly suspicion.
Joseph Gordon: If someone is not cheating you, you are not doing much for God. If someone is not robbing you, taking advantage of you, stabbing you in the back, deceiving you, then you are not really dealing with lost people like you should be. If we are cautious, so frugal, so reserved in our relationships that we are not dealing with people that lie, cheat, steal and abuse us- then we are not following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Proverbs 11:30 NIV84
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
Some would say- we must be wise. But the Bible says-”He that winneth souls is wise.” If your wisdom has caused you to be so cautious and self-protecting that you won’t even talk to broken, sinful people, or open your heart to a relationship with them for fear of getting cheated- then you have ceased to act out of wisdom and moved into the realm of acting in fear.

Love “always trusts”; loving people never lose faith in other people and give up on them but remain faithful to them, in spite of their shortcomings.

John 2:24–25 NIV84
But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.
John 2:24 NIV84
But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.
How can the BIble say Love Always Trusts, but say that Jesus would not entrust Himself to men because He knew what was in them.
Jesus entrusted Himself to God.
To trust someone is to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.
To entrust to put (something) into someone's care or protection.
Love can trust because love has already entrusted itself to God’s care and provision. And if someone proves un-trustworthy, God will avenge, make it right, protect that which has been entrusted to Him.
When you entrust yourself to God, you can trust people that are not trustworthy. You can keep trusting people that have betrayed and hurt you, because in the end you know God will make it right.
Jesus kept Judas in His company all the way until Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver and walked away. Judas approached Jesus, his friend, his rabbi, he had seen the miracles… and he kissed him. It is the ones we trust that wound us deepest. But to not trust is to not love- and that would poison our soul. It is not the poison in the bottle that kills, but the poison in our souls. The only way to keep our souls safe from the poison of bitterness is to keep loving, and love always trusts.
Put things in perspective for just a moment. Jesus could have raged. He could have called fire from heaven and incinerated Judas. He knew Judas was a traitor, bound for hell, condemned by God. And yet even then, Jesus was gentle, patient, giving the condemned another chance to repent.
From the worldly stand point it looked like Jesus was a sucker, a fool, betrayed by a friend, a victim of foolhearty love.
But from Heaven’s perspective, Jesus took the ultimate step of faith- trusting God to avenge- Jesus cried out from the cross:
Luke 23:46 NIV84
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Jesus entrusted Himself to God all the while suffering the effects of the betrayal of those He trusted. But in the end, it was Jesus who was raised from the dead, seated at the right hand of God, has been exalted above every name and will return in power and glory. So who won?
And every time you choose to act in love, rather than in worldly wisdom… you win. Every time you allow yourself to be cheated, betrayed, cursed, exploited for the glory of God… you win.
Through Gates of Splendor records the story of – Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian – to reach the Huaorani tribe of eastern Ecuador. All five of the men were killed by the tribe.
Several years after the death of the men, the widow of Jim Elliot, Elisabeth, and the sister of Nate Saint, Rachel, returned to Ecuador as missionaries to live among the Huaorani. This eventually led to the conversion of many, including some of those involved in the killing.
Returning to serve the Auca was a huge act of love and trust. They built a community to serve the needs of the very ones who had killed their family members.
Elisabeth was

Love Always Hopes

Love “always hopes”; loving people keep looking ahead to better days, for they know that God has sent his Spirit to work out his will in his people

-Dallas Metro Intern. Failed 3 weeks in a row to memorize my lessons.
Love hopes and keeps on hoping.
Love is like a balloon under water. You can push it down, and try to hold it down, but as soon as you let it go, it is going to rise again.
You can attack love, curse love, betray love, mock love, scorn love, crucify and kill love. But when you have finished doing your worst, love will rise again.
-Dallas Metro Intern. Failed 3 weeks in a row to memorize my lessons.

Love Always Perseveres

Love “always perseveres”; loving people stand firm in the midst of trials and hardships and do not give up the ship.

Like a lighthouse that stands through the storm, shining the light, directing ships to safe harbor, LOVE stands through the storm. It perserveres. When mistreated, it forgives. When abused, it blesses. When cheated, it is kind in return. Love. Do you love?
In Nepal, there is a specific tribe called the Gurkas. They are famous for their bravery, loyalty and faithfulness. They are fierce warriors, but incredibly loyal as well. Their opponents criticize Gurkas by saying- if you tell them to stand at attention, they will stay there all day, even if it rains, even if it storms. But what others consider criticism, Gurkas wear as a badge of honor. They refuse to fail in a duty just because it is uncomfortable, hard to understand or difficult. They pride themselves in their resilience and obedience to commands. They fight to be faithful and they faithfully fight.
True Biblical love is like a Gurka soldier: loyal, faithful, consistent, striving to stay faithful through the storms, even when it is uncomfortable or difficult.
Love always perseveres.

Love Never Fails

Love survives everything. Tough love is the only kind of love.
Love is always the recipe for success in life. It may not have the highest score on the scoreboard at the end of the game- but it will have God’s approval at the end of the day.
True love perserves, keeps trying again, hoping again, trusting again, and keeps fighting for what is best for others.

There is never a situation in which love is the wrong way to act.

I don’t understand. I have seen pastor’s wives leave their husband for one single mistake, but I have seen unbelievers endure years of unfaithfulness and failure and stick it out. How patient we are with the failures of others is directly related to how humble we are about our own failures. When we remember that God’s love embraces us, supports us, sticks with us at our worst, then we can stick with others through their worst times.
Love. It always trust. Always hopes. Always perseveres. Love never fails.
The Cay
In 1969 Theodore Taylor write The Cay, and dedicated it to the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Cay tells the story of a proud racist white child named Phillip and an aged Caribbean black deckhand named Timothy. They are shipwrecked together on a tiny island. The boy Phillip is blinded in the shipwreck and Timothy tries to teach him how to survive. However, Phillip is terribly racist and berates Timothy constantly. Still Timothy teaches Phillip to survive on his own- even though he is blind.
That is what love is like. It is humble and continues to serve and help those who demean and attack it.
When a hurricane hits the island, Timothy binds himself and Timothy with ropes to a palm tree on the island. During the storm, Timothy’s body shelters Phillip from the lashing of the storm. Timothy dies from the storm, but not before saving Phillip- who survives to be rescued. Eventually his eyes are healed through surgeries, and he becomes a sailor, searching again for the Cay where Timothy was buried.
Jesus was bound to the tree to become our covering. His death and blood cover us from the punishment we deserve.
God, in His Holiness, has to punish sin when He sees it. But when we are clothed in Christ, Jesus covers us and His blood covers our sin. Jesus becomes our covering, our shield, our armour, our protection from the wrath of God that we deserve.
God paid the price to protect us from the sins we committed against Him.

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