CHRISTIAN CHARACTER.

Toppic:  CHRISTIAN CHARACTER : LOVE

John 13:34-35
*34* A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.*35* By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

*1 John 4:7-8*
*7* Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  *8* He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The definition for love in the Bible is gotten from the Greek word – Agape. This Love means being committed to the utmost good of another person with no intention of reward or gaining anything. It is unconditional. It is self-sacrificing.
This Love can only be exhibited by those who have the Spirit of God. The world cannot love this kind of love. In fact, the world doesn’t know what love means because they don’t know God.

*1 Cor 13:1-3*
*1* Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.*2* And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.*3* And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
We can conclude from this Scripture that whatever you do that is not motivated by Love does not count. It is noise, it is useless and it is pointless. Let Love be your motivation. Your Love for God and for people will prove whether you are truly following Jesus.

*1 Cor 13:4-7*
*4* Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not arrogant;*5* does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;*6* does not rejoice in wrongs, but rejoices in the truth;*7* bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

*PRAYER:* Lord, teach me to love like You. Give me Your Loving heart.

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