The Love of Christ

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away”.  I Corinthians 13:4-8

The love of God is quite vast;  each and every day we are captivated by his love…. His love is eternal, it does not wither, it does not change when our circumstances topple over…it is a constant drift that carries us closer to Him. The kind of love Bible speaks to us is not a self-seeking, self-pleasing love. But a love that offers everything without seeking any benefit…it’s the only love of its kind…the love showed at the cross…The only love that lets us think of our worthlessness to achieve it, the only love that came for a sinner…

I Corinthians, chapter 8 talks to us about the characters of love. If we would imagine love as a person, love would then be a perfect gentleman who is kind, patient, who will never envy, will never boast on anything, won’t be rude to anyone no matter what, or will not be proud, or self-seeking, will not become provoked and gets angry on others, even if wronged by others, or would not keep a mental record of wrong. He will not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Also this person called love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Most of these characters are hard to obtain and if so we gathered them all, we would find it hard to operate them all at the same time. This standard of love we see in the word of God is hard for us to find, but it’s all gathered and found in one person- Christ. He showed us the perfect example of love. At the cross of Calvary, He emptied himself to give us the greatest of all gifts- eternal life, a life of togetherness with God. Jesus wants us, His children, to become partakers of His nature, His identity… we might be ok in few of them but there might be areas that are hard for us to express the love of God in our life…let us ask the hands of God to mold us to His divine nature…ask the holy spirit to work in us, by breaking up the hard lumps of clay in our heart.

If love is not the foundation on which we speak, we study the word, we pray, we help others, we do ministry and all  charity, we do sacrifices or we invest our  faith in, the end result is null in the eyes of God. Let the love of Christ and His divine nature prevail in our heart… subduing and overcoming our carnal nature.

 

In Christ Jesus,

Smitha Thomas.

 

 

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