Bluewater Bay Community Church

Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

Just Love

by Erik Momsen

The world is complex and confusing.  We are running the rat race with very little direction and purpose and hurting themselves and others.  We need a simple answer and direction to the big question of life; "What am I doing here and why am I here?"  The answer cannot be more simple.  It is simply this - "Jesus and His love".  There is no other name by which we are saved, and no other name who loves us like He does.

The working of the church and all its many doctrines has left especially those in the church dazed and confused.  "What must I do and how can I please God?" is a question on people's minds.  Someone recently said that there are more references in the Bible to God’s anger and wrath than to His love.  I tested this theory and found, in my "Cruden’s Complete Concordance", that there were 2 pages of references to "love", ½ a page on "anger", 1/3 on "hate" and 2/3 on "wrath".

 JESUS' TEACHING ON LOVE

The two greatest commandments of loving God and one’s neighbour as oneself are known by most.  There are really three commandments involved.  Love God, Love others, and Love yourself.  We have to know that God loves us, so we can love ourselves and in turn love others.

We cannot love others if we do not love ourselves.  We cannot love ourselves unless we know the love, forgiveness and grace of God.

Love also perfects us.  The passage "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (John 5:48) has bothered me at times.  The context is however the love for enemies.  Love which brings about forgiveness also brings perfection.  The Father is perfect in His love and by applying love to situations we are made perfect.

God did and does everything on the basis of Love.  Possibly the most remembered verse in the modern church is John 3:16.

"For God so loved the world that he gave"...

The cause of God moving to save was Love.  The result of Love is always a "giving".  Love is intensely practical and to be real it must have an avenue to express itself.  Love must give!  It gives itself and of itself to God and others.

LOVE IS ALSO A TEST OF LIFE

We are not saved by our knowledge of the Bible nor by our theology. We are saved when the "light of Life" enters us, even Jesus. We are recognised as children of God by our Love (John 13:35).

The Disciple Jesus loved speaks on love (1 John 3:11-24).

Large sections of the first letter of John are devoted to the topic of Love.

John is trying to protect the early Christians from a salvation of head knowledge (Gnosticism).  He is insistent that salvation is in the name of Jesus and love has practical effect in the lives of believers.

3:11  "This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another."
   - confirmation for us that the message is simple and unchanged.

3:14  "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers ... Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer."
  - The Love of God is to work in all men’s lives to change us and our world.  This is God’s only plan to save the world - through Love.

3:16  "This is how we know what love is: Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."
  - The prime example of Love is Jesus' complete self sacrifice.  Now since we are saved by this, go and emulate it.

3:18  "... let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth."
  - Christians are often high on theory and low on action - Simple everyday acts of love will bring about a Revolution of Love.

3:22  "And receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him."
  - Still often in rebellion we act as we please - negating blessing.
 
GRAND SUMMARY OF THE WHOLE BIBLE

3:23  "And this is His command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commands."

Date Added: 2009-04-01

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