How do we spell L-O-V-E?

Speaker: Pastor Insong Nolan
Date: 2014/02/09
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How do we spell L-O-V-E?

What is Love?

Love is an unconditional commitment directed towards Imperfect people seeking their highest good which often requires sacrifice.

Here we can see that love is not just a feeling, it is a commitment.  A commitment to an imperfect person because all of us have unlovable traits, no one is perfect.  We all have our eccentricities, our idiosyncracies and our weaknesses.  We aren’t always on our “best behavior” rendering us lovable to everyone.

Human love is selfish, but the love that is taught to us in the bible is selfless.  The core of which is that we would seek the highest good of the other person.  We should be willing to show our love through our actions for example in our willingness that we would the other person first before ourselves. . . This shows us that love requires sacrifice.

How do we spell love? C.C.F.

C– COMMITMENT

During the time the Israelites were under Babylonian rule,  Daniel and his friends were chosen to serve the king.  As part of the king’s court, they were served the same food from the king’s table but Daniel and his friends resolved not partake in it because he had made a commitment to God that he would not defile himself even in the most insignificant aspect such as food.

They made a commitment to God not to defile themselves even in the simple area of food, and they were willing to be subjected to the test because they knew that God was with them.  And at the end of the appointed time, they were chosen.

Another example is the apostle Paul’s commitment in Romans 9:1-3.  His heart, his commitment was to spread the gospel to these people, to give them the opportunity to come to Christ.  His commitment was so great that he said that he was willing to be separated from Christ just so that the others would come to know the gospel.

And of course the supreme example, is our Lord Jesus Christ.  In Luke 22:41-44 we see that inspite of knowing what was about to come, He still obeyed the Father because He was committed to us, because He loved us.  He was in so much agony that his sweat became blood.  He knew was what before Him and yet He endured all that for you, for me, for mankind.  This shows us that love is a commitment and not a mere feeling or emotion.

C– COMMUNICATION

Love involves communication and  is very important in any love relationship.  It is one thing to say that you love the person, but it is equally important to show that you love that person.  That is why it is important to be careful of the things that we say because once we have said it, the damage is irreversible.  The book of Proverbs (Proverbs 15:1-4) and the book of James (James 3:8-10) warns us of the danger of being careless with our words and we are reminded that as Christians this should not be the case.

God communicates to us differently.  In Romans 5:6-8, that God’s love is different because even though we are unrighteous. . . even though we are sinners, because of His love for us, Christ died for us.  He did not wait for us to change, He did not wait for us to become better.  This is how He showed us His love — inspite of who we are, inspite of what we have done.

F—FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is not just saying “I’m sorry” because often times we do no really forgive.  The perfect example of forgiveness is God’s forgiveness of our sins.  Jesus Christ was sinless and yet he shed His blood for our redemption.  This is the biblical concept of forgiveness.  That is why it is better for us to ask for forgiveness rather than saying I’m sorry.  We should also be specific for the reasons why we are asking for forgiveness eg “Will you forgive me for being harsh?”.  This brings the focus away from us and to the other person, acknowledging that we have hurt their feelings and are sincerely seeking reconciliation.

When God forgave us of our sins, He removed all our transgression as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)  what does this really mean?  When you are travelling north or south there is always an end point, you will always reach the north or south pole.  But when you are travelling from the east to the west, they will never intersect because as long as you are traveling east you will not be travelling west.  That is how far He has forgiven us.  Hebrews 10:17 further says their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.  This is God’s model of forgiveness.  This is how we were forgiven through the shedding of the blood of Christ.  If we do not accept this forgiveness verse 18 says there is no longer any offering for sin.