We can get so involved in so many religious issues, that we can forget the basic truth Jesus came to tell us and to show us that GOD IS LOVE.
Jesus lived and died to transform us into the image of God, that we might love as God loves and live forever with our loving Heavenly God.
Paul of all people knew how love is so important because he was so full of hate before he found Jesus for himself. He wrote about love in his letter to the Colossians.
(Epaphras) also told us of your love in the Spirit. Colossians 1:8 (NIV)
What is LOVE IN THE SPIRIT?
We cannot love with the purity and intense goodness of the love of God. Adam and Eve chose to go their own way. Since then we have all had a measure of love in our human nature. The purest expression of this is the love of a good mother for her children but even this love is imperfect.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
God’s love is pure, intense and infinitely great.
We know the love of a mother who sacrifices her life for her children but this is a pale reflection of the love of God for every human being.
But if we believe and receive the life of Jesus, we have a new life. We can be filled with the goodness of God, filled with the Spirit of Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit.
Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! …1 John 3:1 (HCSB)
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 1 John 3:14 (NIV)
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 Jn 3:16 (HCSB)
1 John 4:8-12 (NIV)
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
How does God change our faulty and often selfish nature into His own loving nature?
Romans 5:5-8 (NIV)
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
…God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5 (NIV)
For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us! 2 Corinthians 5:21 (TLB)