Love Never Runs Out
- Date: August 27, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…” (1 Corinthians 13:6-8)
- From No Greater Love
Love is longsuffering: it suffers long; it is patient; it bears up; it is never exhausted. Love is never exhausted. So, we see these different aspects of the love of God; and we see that loving practically is being longsuffering-never hasty to retaliate. If we want to retaliate, if we are offended and we want to ignore somebody or strike back or harm somebody or "I'll teach you a lesson," then the love of God is not in you, First John says. If you hate your brother, then the love of God is not in you and you are not a candidate for eternal life. First John makes it very clear, beloved, and it's something we need to grasp; we are not playing games here. That kind of thinking, that we can play games and try to somehow manipulate other peoples' love by whether we receive love, is putting your soul in danger. This is something we need to come to grips with. So, we see that love is patient: it forbears; it endures; all of these different aspects. To be in a place where we suffer long is to be in that place where there is enough self restraint within us, while under persecution or under pressure, to where flesh is dominated and the character of Jesus exhibits itself through us through longsuffering, through identifying with Christ.
That is the one thing Jesus did-He came and identified with our sin, didn't He? And, He had compassion on us. Once Jesus came and identified with our sin (I'm not talking about eternal God, I'm not talking about the Son of God from eternity, I'm talking about the incarnate Son of God), when God became flesh He identified with us, it caused that compassion. The Scriptures say He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). You see, when you are touched with another's infirmities, compassion arises when you identify with them. We are all alike; we are all a mess. We need the grace of God. We are all sinners who need that constant grace and mercy upon our souls on a daily basis. And when you realize that everybody around you is engaged with the same war with flesh that you are, it causes you to have compassion on them. The problem is that we look at this so selfishly: in the areas in our life that we have together, we look down at other people thinking, "Why are those people so lazy? I'm up at four in the morning doing my devotions." You are also the one who is critical of everybody, and feel you are superior to everybody. The reality is that we judge one another from our positions of strength, but we don't identify with our weaknesses. And when we realize that it doesn't matter how it manifests itself, that we are all people in need of the mercy of God. We are all people in need of the grace of God. We are all people in need of the love of God. We see that "by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8 9).
So, we see then that this love of God that suffers long is really showing us a spirit that is the opposite of anger, of impatience, of speaking sharply, of judging harshly, and that is the love of God: that is longsuffering. We see that love is kind. Ephesians 4:32 speaks toward the kindness of God, and the admonition in verse 31 is this: "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all [of that malicious spirit that's in us]." Verse thirty one is ugly! But that's what the children of Adam are; that's who we are without the grace of God; that's who we are as unredeemed men.