Love

Scripture 1: 1 Corinthians 13 v 4-8: “(4) Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily (5) It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong) (6) It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail (7) Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening (8) Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to and end. As for prophecy, the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose, it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away, it will lose its value and be superseded by truth.”

Friendship is an easy case of love

You will not be well off with any friends

What is ‘self-love?’ – Self love (the desire to participate fully, oneself, in the basic aspects of human flourishing) requires that one go beyond self-love (self-interest, self-preference, the imperfect rationality of egoism).

We need to be careful with the phrase “I love myself most”

Scripture 2: Matthew 22 v 35-39: “(35) And one of their number, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him, (36) Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? (37) And He replied to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (38) This is the great, most important principal, and first commandment (39) And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Love God with emotions, feelings and care

Scripture 3: Matthew 15 v 7-9: “(7) You pretenders (hypocrites)! Admirably and truly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said (8) These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me (9) Uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men.”

Feelings must belong to God

We do not love ourselves when we ‘pretend’ to love God

Love rejoices with the Truth

Rejoicing comes with a feeling

We are lost without Jesus Christ

Christ firs loved us!

“Money is not the natural reward of love; that is why we call a man mercenary if he marries a woman for the sake of her money. But marriage is the proper reward of a real lover, and he is not a mercenary for desiring it. A general who fights well in order to get a peerage is mercenary; a general who fights for victory is not, victory being the proper reward of battle as marriage is the proper reward of love. The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation”.

Prayer is a beautiful thing

God transforms our hearts

Scripture 4: John 7 v 37-39: “(37): Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! (38) He who believes in Me, who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow continuously springs and rivers of living water (39) But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed, trusted, had faith in Him were afterward to receive. For the Holy Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor)”.

We must obey!

Find out what God has promised you, then put your Faith in Him concerning it

Do not be satisfied with the little pleasures of sin

We love ourselves BEST when we love God MOST!