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How deep is your love

Now that is a question. How far will you go to demonstrate your love. Of course, God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). That is how far God went. When we had nothing to recommend ourselves to Him, when we had nothing to offer Him; He loved us. To see God’s love we look at Calvary and acknowledge with thankful hearts: such amazing love.

But we are called to love and as we are amazed at the love of God to us we are suddenly hit by this; By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16). God wants us to go a stage further and to move on from worshipful appreciation to self-sacrificing consecration. The idea here is not that of one big act of dying for a fellow Christian, but continual acts whereby we give ourselves for the benefit of others.

We see someone needs a lift to church and we have a car; we can show love by offering them a lift. A person is lonely and wants a visit; we give up our time to go and see them. A missionary is in financial need; we show love by giving some money.

This reminds us that true love is not based upon convenience, but upon sacrifice. Our model here, as always, is our LORD who loved the church and gave Himself for her (Eph. 5:25b). For Him love for us meant death and that the most awful death of death on a cross. How much are we prepared to give up out of devotion to Him and love for our fellow believers?

As we think of true love then we conclude that actions speak louder than words. Do we profess to love our fellow Christians then don’t just say it, do something about it!

Which brings us on to the great definition of true love in in 1 Cor. 13:4-6. Love is not self-seeking or arrogant, but rather patient and pure. Go to 1 Cor. 13:4-6 and test out how deep is your love.

And then when you have done that test go to Luke 10:30-37 and look at the Good Samaritan. Compare him to the priest and Levite. Which of them showed love to his neighbour; the half-dead traveller? Of course it was the good Samaritan. So go and do likewise. If you truly are a loving person then God calls you to help the next person you see who is in need.

So, how deep is your love?

(Taken from Feltham Evangelical Church Newsletter of April 2006)

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