Christianity is based on love. It was love that made God send Jesus to die for our sins.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
All that God wants from us can be summarized in two commands.
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
We are saved through faith but love is more important than faith and is the only acceptable motivation for what we do. Read the rest of this entry
Whenever someone opposes same sex marriage he is accused of hating gays and his opinions are often called hate speech. Proponents of same sex marriage have attacked those who oppose it and have caused some to lose their jobs and have their businesses ruined. Some people do hate gays but Christians who oppose same sex marriage do so because we care about gays and want to protect them the harm that they will experience.
To see why this is so we need to look at what the Bible says about marriage. The first marriage was between the first man and the first woman. Read the rest of this entry
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
These two statements show that both truth and love are part of God’s character. We need to express both of them when telling others about God.
Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.
We must always speak the truth and what we say must be motivated by love. But what will happen if we speak truth without love or try to practice love while ignoring truth? We can find out by looking at two organizations in Topeka, Kansas, that do these things. Read the rest of this entry
The Bible says a lot about love. We are told that God is love. He has demonstrated his love by sending his son, Jesus Christ, to die as a sacrifice for our sins so we can be forgiven.
God requires that we love others as well. Jesus said that the two greatest commands are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are even commanded to love our enemies.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean that all love is good. Jesus has told us that loving him should have priority over all other loves.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Shortly before his crucifixion Jesus gave this command to his disciples.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
In order to carry out this command we must take a look at how Jesus loves us. There are two places where he describes his love.
The first one is well known.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.