Love Speaks Truth
- Date: July 9, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15)
- From No Greater Love
We've been teaching on the love of God, and the mandate that the Lord Jesus gives us is that we're to love as we've been loved. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). Nothing speaks louder than genuine love among the brethren. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Not how many Bible verses you can quote, not how big our fellowship is, but the world looking in and saying, "Those people love each other."
We thank God that that's been our testimony from so many that have been here-those that have come in for basketball camps and whatever-and they said, "Your people just seem to love one another." It's because we all know that we're all perfect-right?-and we deserve to be loved, and we're so lovely. No! "While we were yet sinners, Jesus loved us." And if now we're the sons of God, we ought to love one another. God can love us and does love us in all of our unloveliness, and we get the privilege of loving one another in all of our unloveliness.
We've been talking about that aspect of forgiveness recently. We said the Greek word for forgiveness was aphiēmi, and it means to be absolutely, totally, put away. The Scripture says that God takes our sins and casts them into the sea of forgetfulness. How many of you are thankful for that? Never to be brought up again. Only one thing can ever bring your sins up again. We found out what that was, and it was unforgiveness, our inability to forgive others. It's the only way that those sins will ever be addressed again.
So this was a vital subject that we just finished on walking in the forgiveness of God. As we've been forgiven, the mandate is we're to forgive. Now, as we go on in this aspect of the love of God, and we've been looking at a couple of different parts of the love of God. We talked about the love of God being the catalyst for His body. The love of God is what holds the body - us - together. We saw in Hebrews 10:24 that we're to "…consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." So our job as the church is not to come and gather together and sing songs. Our job as the church is to provoke one another to love and good works. That's a full‑time job, and we don't ever have to worry about running out of things to do in the body of Christ.
First Peter 3 tells us, in verses 8‑12, that we're to love as brethren and not render evil for evil. As we go down through this review here-and we'll take a few more minutes for review-but just to see what He has called us to do. It's the catalyst; it's what holds us together. "But speaking the truth in love," Ephesians 4:15 says, "…speaking the truth in love, [we] grow up…" You know, that's one thing the church needs to do today is grow up. We grow up "unto the edifying of ourselves, the church, in love" [verse 16]. So there's this maturation process. Love is the consequence of growing up. See, adolescents don't love anybody but themselves. As we grow up into maturity then we begin to realize the necessity of loving beyond ourselves, of embracing others, of preferring others, the Scripture says, better than ourselves.