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God's Type of Love
By Jason Ehlinger 8/20/09

"1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
- 1 Corinthians 13
To be loving is the likeness of Christ, and we are called to be in His likeness.
"34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." -
John 13:34-35
In this passage we see that love is far superior to any other commandment God gave to us. When we implement or practice the character of love we are fulfilling the full law of Christ.
"21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." -
John 14:21-23
If we are loving we do not have to worry about not doing God's will. To love is God's will, and if we love God, and His ways, then God's will, will be accomplished in our lives. The character of love is far superior to any spiritual gift or character.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16
The opposite of love is not hate; the opposite of love is self.
"Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil..." - 1 Corinthians 13:5
We need to grasp this thought and meditate on how love takes our focus totally off ourselves, and puts it on others. Love is always courteous, not rude, it is never degrading or ugly, love just has good manners. Genuine love is not impolite. It is not courteous to talk down to people, or to talk about our people we live with and interact with. If we want others to be polite, then we need to be that way, always. You and I ought to show others how to be, loving.

Love does not want to disassociate with people simply because we don't want them around. This is not the demonstration of love. Sometimes people are not desirable to be around.

Having respect of persons is not loving.

"1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well..."
- James 2:1-8

Treating people different because of their status is not loving. We are showing respect of persons and violate the law of Christ. That is, we sin. We must treat all others (any person besides ourselves) the same. And all should be treated with love.

Love never makes an innappropriate demand on anyone. The honorable nature of love never makes an innappriopriate demand on anyone. Especially those who are in closest relationships with us. Love never asks you to do something contrary to conscience, unmoral or wrong. How many times have you or I demanded something in the name of love? "If you love me you will do this. Don't do that if you love me. I don't like that so don't do it." Love always seeks the others' best interest; but it does not try to pressure, manipulate, or control under the umbrella of love or friendship because love is courteous.

"4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil..." -
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
The only thing that will last, is love.
"10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
- 1 Corinthians 13:10-13

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