Biblical Love Honors God
- Date: March 30, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…” (Hebrews 10:24)
- From No Greater Love
We think that it'd be natural to be able to love one another. But in reality, we're so in love with ourselves that it's really an obstacle to being able to love as we've been loved. We'll never be able to love one another until we realize how in love with ourselves we are. Most of us are delusional in the way we perceive ourselves as people that are free from self-love. Our redemption, and we rest in the promise of God and all that our redemption has afforded us, but the reality is that in us, that is in our flesh, still dwells no good thing (Romans 7:18). Every one of us, every day of our lives that we rise up, has to face the inward tendency of self rule, of self-worship, of self-exaltation. As we go out and in our ambitions try to obtain more, build bigger, receive praise, when we're called to be the servants of all. To reconcile those things is very difficult in the Scriptures. We'll look at some passages throughout the Sermon on the Mount that, many times, confuse some of us. When we see God's commandment that if we would "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all of the things [that men seek] would be added to us." Then, in this same sermon, He says "If somebody comes and asks you for it, give to them."
How much do you think we should give away when someone comes and asks us? Don't answer. What do you think our heart attitude should be in how much we're willing to give away? Our heart attitude should be that we will give everything that is beneficial to the recipient. Because sometimes giving people what they ask for is not beneficial to them. Giving to the sloth what he asks for breaks the biblical principal of, "If you don't work, you shouldn't eat…". So it's never good to continue to try to "bail out" the sloth. And yet we look at this subject that we're dealing with, love, and we're saying, "We need to be loving. They're truly hurting!" And we would think, then, that the mandate upon us would be to try to alleviate the hurt that they're in. When, in fact, we need to motivate them to pursue lives that bring glory to God. And that's love! Any time we can motivate someone to live a life that's more biblically correct we've loved them. As we continue to exhort one another "unto love and good works," then we're manifesting the biblical love, the love of God. Because, "Whom the Lord loves He chastens" (Hebrews 12:6).
And so, we realize that this is a part that's missing. The reason we're emphasizing that part of the love of God, and there are other expressions of it, is because it's not talked about today very much. You know, there was a time, when was it, a few years ago, when people began to use the term "tough love." Well, rather than "tough love," I would like to have us to use the term "biblical love". The love of God. And we're called, then, "to provoke one another unto love and good works," as the Scripture says (Hebrews10:24). So, we want to look at a couple of those aspects and see if we can deal with some of the issues in life that we're going to have to approach. Make sure that we're loving those that are around us, "loving our neighbors," the Scriptures says, "as ourselves" (Matthew 22:38).