Loving for the Glory of God
- Date: January 18, 2004
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." (1 Peter 1:22)
- From Spiritual Life - Spiritual Fruit
Beloved, when we read 1 Corinthians 13, we find out how ugly we are. We are not lovable--but God loves us! While we were yet sinners, He loved us and died for us! The purchase price of His blood is what has put the value on our lives. Then how dare we treat anybody in a condescending and judgmental manner? How dare we think evil of their actions and their motives?! How can we rejoice in iniquity when someone suffers and we say, "They got what they deserved!"? Love doesn't respond that way. Love doesn't rejoice in iniquity. It doesn't think evil. It doesn't behave itself unseemly. It's not puffed up. It doesn't demand its own way.
How do we respond to one another? There's no envy in love. Do we rejoice in the success--monetary success or social prosperity--of our brothers and sisters? "It seems like they've got all these friends and nobody likes me." Do you want friends? Show yourself friendly. You're sowing discontentment and pride, demanding how you are to be loved. "If you're going to love me, you'll do it this way, bless God. Now love me! What's wrong with these people that they don't know how to love?" You read 1 Corinthians 13 looking for everyone that you think doesn't love you! You desire that the Body could come to this type of a love and show it to you. Read the chapter. Find yourself instead of everyone else. Why don't you find out how you can become an expression of God's love? How can you so purely flow in the fruit of the Spirit of love that man would know that you're one of His disciples?
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit..." (1 Pet. 1:22). Beloved, obedience is never an expression or a work of the flesh. Obedience, though it may be done without feeling and by commandment, must still be done in the Spirit, or it's not of God nor acceptable. "...See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." True love has a fervency with it! You can see it. It's not that you're walking by, look in the window, and say with a monotone voice, "Oh I love chocolate eairs." No, you stop, your eyes light up, you say, "OH I LOVE THOSE!" Some of us are more excitable than others. Don't expect everybody to respond the way you respond. Know that what causes that little grin in one person is the same thing that causes you to do a backflip. But there is life there. There is a fervency. There is a zeal. There is a positive lust, a strong affection, for the object of our love.
The real issue for you and I is the process of purifying our hearts and making sure that our motives are right. There's only one right motive. I don't love them because they deserve it, because of who they are, or to feel good about myself. I love them for the glory of God--period. My obedience, my involvement to their edification, is all for the glory of God, that He would be all in all. To love your children, your spouse, anybody or anything for any other reason than the glory of God is idolatry. It's all about God being glorified. God begins to be glorified through our holiness, through our worship, through our strength (our edification). What should be the product of my love for anybody? The glory of God. If in the end, God is not being glorified, it's not agape, the God kind of love.