Friday, September 18, 2009

Two kinds of LOVE

Webster definitions of love:
1. Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another
2. As the fatherly concern of God for the human kind
3. Brotherly concern for others

We are going to talk about two kinds of love:
Love for God and love for others
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.... Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:30-31

Love for God
But may those who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.-Judges 5:31b
I love you, O Lord, my strength.-Psalm 18:1
If you love me, you will obey what I command.-John 14:15

Q. How do we love God?
A. With all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We love God by obeying His commands. We love God by caring for His people (helping those in need and spreading the gospel). We love God by loving others. Just as a parent wants others to be kind, gentle and loving toward their children, so does God want us to love His children. Which leads us to our next question...

Love for others
A friend loves at all times....-Proverbs 17:17a
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.-Romans 12:10
Love.... always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.-1 Corinthians 13:7

Q. How do we love others?
A. Let's take a look at 1 Corinthians 13
Selected parts:
Love is patient- Our time is all God's anyway
Love is not proud- Everything we have-all of our gifts, abilities, talents, skills- come from God. We couldn't do anything on our own anyway. Being proud does not show others that we love them.
Love is not self-seeking- This means putting the needs of others before our own.
Love always perseveres- Here is an example for this: If someone asks us to do something, we need to do it right away (if possible), diligently, and wholeheartedly.

1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails.


Maggie said...

What a cute picture! And great post on love too. :)

Orenczaks said...

Sweet picture good post 2!!
Dedicated daughter,

Lexi Williams said...

Would you like to enter the photography contest on my blog?

Ashley said...

That picture is so cute!

A Heart of Praise said...

It has been nice looking around your blog. Good picture:)