Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
(1 John 4:7-11)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about understanding love is it should be seen in two ways. Those whose conduct is in accordance with God’s word, and those whose conduct isn't. Those whose conduct is in accordance with God’s word will strive to do the right thing at all times. And it is to these that we show Agape love towards. But those whose conduct isn’t, will not strive to do the right thing. And it is to these that we will show only benevolence love toward. This is one of the reasons many people do not understand when we say, God requires you to love everyone. Many will say, “But they did me wrong. He treated me unfair. Or he or she was mean to me. They abused me. How can I love them?” This is where the second (benevolence) love comes in. With benevolence love, you speak no evil against the person who wronged you, nor seek to bring them injury or harm. You pray for them, asking God to remove their mean and evil spirit and to save them. You wish them well and treat them with kindness and respect the way that you would want to be treated. You do not respond in like-kind. Jesus showed more benevolence love than agape love when He was on the earth. The Lord said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." But at Calvary, He displayed His Agape love for all.
Sing: Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified, knowing not it was for me He died, at Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free, pardon there was multiplied to me, there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary!
Thought For Today: Always see love through Jesus' eyes!