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Article 22 October 25, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Love

Article 22 October 25, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Love

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Spring Warrior Church of Christ
7432 S. Red Padgett RoadPerry, FL 32348584-5176
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What would Jesus say is the “greatest” commandment? Consider whatHe said:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all theLaw and the Prophets.”  
(Matt. 22:36-40). Jesus and Paul say that these commands fulfill the whole law (Mark12:28-31; Luke 10:27; Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:14). Let’s consider why.Love “does not seek its own” (1 Cor. 13:5). Love is not self-centered,but always puts God and others first (Matt. 22:37, 39). Jesus and theApostles criticized those who loved the attention of others (Matt. 6:5, 23:5-7;Mark 12:38-39; Luke 11:43, 20:46-47;
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3 John 1:9), loved materialwealth (Matt. 6:24, 19:16-24; Luke 16:13; 1 Tim. 6:10; 2 Tim. 3:2-5), orotherwise put something or someone else ahead of Him (Matt. 10:37).Christians are expected to put God first (Matt. 6:33). Jesus says ourown lives must take a backseat to the love of God for us to inherit eternal life(John 12:25-26). Even the Ten Commandments direct our attention awayfrom ourselves. The first four commandments deal with our relationship withGod, and the last six prohibit us from mistreating others (Exodus 20:1-17).
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(Matt. 22:40). Jesus taught the Apostles that,“allwill know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John13:34-35).Paul instructed the Romans to become “living sacrifices,” in part bybeing “kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor givingpreference to one another” (Rom. 12:1, 10). Jesus says that whomever we would want to have mercy on us, literallyeveryone, is our neighbor (Luke 10:29-37; Matt. 7:12). We should even love
 
our enemies and those whom the world discriminates against (Matt. 5:43-46;Luke 6:27-35).
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Jesus said that those who love Him, and abidein His love, keep His commandments and those who do not keep Hiscommandments do not love Christ (John 14:15, 21, 23-24; John 15:9-10, 14;1 John 5:1-3; 2 John 1:5-6). The love of God is perfected in Christians whenthey keep God’s word (1 John 2:5, 4:12). Love is not sin (1 Cor. 13:4-7; Rom.12:9), but rather covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4:8). We cannot choosethe commands we want to follow and ignore the rest (James 2:8-11). Anyone“who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar” (1 John 2:4). Thus, we cannot love God and hate our brother at the same time (1 John 2:4-11; 1 John 3:14-16; 1 John 4:20-21; Rom. 13:8-10) because Hecommands us to love one another (1 John 3:10-11, 23; 1 John 4:7-12; John15:12, 17; 1 Thess. 4:9; 1 Thess. 5:12-13; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 Pet. 2:17; 1 Pet. 3:8).If we love Jesus, we will care for the spiritual needs of our brethren (John21:15-17) and bear with and forgive one another (Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:12-13). Jesus says that love should compel us to be benevolent and do good toeveryone (Luke 6:30-35). James says similarly that selfless benevolence isfaith in action (James 2:14-20), and “pure and undefiled religion(James1:27). Thus, we cannot obtain love of God by keeping only the letter of thelaw. We must also fulfill its intent (1 John 3:17-18; Luke 11:42) and spirit (1Cor. 13:1-3) through our actions (James 2:14-17).Although we should love our enemies (Matt. 5:43-46) and do good toeveryone (Gal. 6:10; Heb. 13:1-3), we are not to conform to the world aroundus, nor love the sins of this world because this makes us an enemy of God (1 John 2:15; James 4:4; Rom. 12:1-2). The distractions of the world can causeour love to grow cold (Matt. 24:12) and prevent believers from followingChrist (John 12:42-43).
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(2 Thess. 2:16; 1 John 3:1). He loves the whole world(John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10) and is, “not willing that any should perish but thatall should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9) and enjoy eternal life (John3:16). The love of Christ (again keeping His commandments) makes usGod’s children (John 8:42), and belief in Christ causes God to love us (John16:27). “God works for the good of all who love Him,” and nothing canseparate obedient believers from the love of God (Rom. 8:28, 31-29).
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John says that those who claimto abide in Christ should walk as He walked (1 John 2:6). In other words, weshould follow His example (Eph. 5:2).

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