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ARTICLE 4: Love from an Eternal Perspective

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Either way, Christ’s love controls us.  Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.  He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 2 Cor 5: 14-1

“If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing”. 1Cor 13: 3

 

LOVE IS OUR MOTIVATION 

Do you render service because you have something to gain or because you are repaying good?  Hear what Jesus has to say “But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” Matt 6:3.  He also taught not to do good only to those who are good to us but to everyone especially those in the family of faith. ( Matt 5:44-46. Gal 6:10

Love should be our motivation in our service to God and humanity. A lot of times people serve because they want to be seen and praised by others, for some others, it’s because they are in a competition to be known as the most outstanding. When it comes to our service to God the bible teaches that love should be our motivation. Love births the most life-changing and impactful service we can render to humanity. The greatest sacrifice made for humanity was when God gave His son to die for our sins and His love for man was the motive behind this.

 

 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son…………….” John 3:16

 

CHRIST IS OUR EXAMPLE

 

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.  There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”. John 15:12-13

 

How did God show us He loved us?

As believers, we do not define love by our own standards but by Rom. 5:8r own standards but by y our own standards but by gods standards. how r the lost, for the sick; for the broken and rejeGods standards. The bible in Rom 5:8 lets us know that God’s expression of love was not consequent on our being righteous or our obedience. God is love (1jhn 4;16), and his love is unconditional (Eph 2:4-5)

Jesus is our example in expressing God’s love.  Learning of God’s love and becoming more like Christ, makes it easy to do all God desires of us and to please Him.

 

Finally, a great statement made by Apostle Paul, “And now there remain, these three: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three; but the greatest of these is love. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these are love 1cor 13:13(Amp. Bible).

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