Learning To Love
- SCRIPTURE READING:
22:34-40 = "But when the Pharisees
had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence,
they were gathered together. Then one of them, which
was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and
saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the
law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets."
- THE LORD ANSWERED THE QUESTION: "WHAT
IS THE GREAT COMMANDMENT IN THE LAW?"
Lord actually said that there were two great commandments:
- "Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy mind." [Matthew
- "The second is like
unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
- ONE OF LIFES GREATEST LESSONS
IS LEARNING HOW TO LOVE. THUS THE TOPIC OF OUR DISCUSSION
FOR TO DAY.
- LOVE IS NOT LEARNED BY FORCE OF WILL.
- One cannot learn to love by resolving
to love -- that is, make yourself love something.
- One cannot learn to love by making
demands upon yourself to do so.
Love is much like a tender plant, it cannot be
forced. If it is forced it will become broken and
- LOVE IS LEARNED WHEN WE GIVE ATTENTION,
STUDY, AND MEDITATION UPON IT.
- We must give our continued attention
to it studiously contemplating and pondering
it, if we are to learn how.
- John wrote in I
John 4:19 = "We love him, because
he first loved us."
- John also wrote in John
3:16 = "For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
Take a closer look at this verse with me:
= The greatest lover.
= The greatest lover.
= The greatest emotion.
world" = The greatest company.
he gave" = The greatest act.
only begotten Son" = The greatest
whosoever" = The greatest opportunity.
= The greatest simplicity.
Him" = The greatest attraction.
not parish" = The greatest promise.
= The greatest difference.
= The greatest certainty.
life" = The greatest possession.
[OUT OF MY TREASURE,
Edited by Willie W. White, Vol. I, p. 157, College
Press, Joplin, Missouri.]
- We must meditate on divine love
to understand it.
- Its height.
- Its depth. Our hearts become
radiant with beauty and warmth.
- Its length.
Note: Love begets
love, or Love generates love.
- When we walk in the light of the
Fathers love, we become reflectors of that light,
- We need to withdraw from the regions
of darkness and keep ourselves "
the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord
Jesus Christ unto eternal life" = Jude
- Our receiving the crown of life
is dependent on our loving the Lord.
1:12 = "Blessed is the man that
endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised
to them that love him."
- The love of God is perfected
only by keeping His word.
John 2:5 = "But whoso keepeth
his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:
hereby know we that we are in him."
- LOVE IS ACTIVATED BY RENDERING DEEDS
- There is warmth in activity.
- Our love for a neighbor grows
when we do him good.
- Our love for the Church increases
when we give ourselves in its work.
- Unto Christians who had left their
"first love", the Lord said:
2:4-5 = "Nevertheless I have somewhat
against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and
repent, and do the first works; or else I will come
unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick
out of his place, except thou repent."
5:12-14 = "For when for the time
ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach
you again which be the first principles of the oracles
of God; and are become such as have need of milk,
and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk
is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he
is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that
are of full age, even those who by reason of use have
their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
- When our work ceases, the heart
grows cold When work increases the heart becomes
Thessalonians. 3:5 = "And the Lord
direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the
patient waiting for Christ."
Timothy 1:13 = "Hold fast the form
of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith
and love which is in Christ Jesus."
6:10 = "For God is not unrighteous
to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have
shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister."
- LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST WORDS SPOKEN
LOVE IS EVIDENT BY THE ACTIONS WE MANIFEST BEFORE
- WE LEARN TO LOVE, IN SEEING THE CARE,
CONCERN, AND WORK IN ACTIONS DONE:
- Comment: The greatest
example of this
- From the eyes of an eight
We have the nicest garbage man,
He empties out our garbage can;
He is just as nice as he can be;
He always stops and talks with me.
My mother doesnt like his smell,
But, then, she doesnt know him well.
[OUT OF MY TREASURE, Edited by Willie W. White, Vol.
I, p. 161,college Press, Joplin, Missouri.]
Have you ever wondered
what love is all about?
Have you ever had feelings about someone amid clouds of
Love is beyond affection and more sincere;
It is a deep caring and concern for another, that one holds
It is manifest by actions of service and care,
From someone that will always be there.
God loved us and gave His Son that we might be freed from
That in an obedient spiritual birth we might in newness
of life begin.
Such a price Christ paid,
While man was so deep in sin laid.
Christ on the cross suffered, bled and died,
While the world shed not a tear, or cried;
Not appreciating Gods Divine and precious love,
Sent down to unthankful man from above.
Jesus still loves us very much you know,
For He knows our trials and temptations we face here below;
Seated by- Gods throne on the right,
We through Him can approach God day and night.
Christ told His disciples He went a place for them to prepare,
That those who followed His Word could be there.
Gods love was then, now, and forever more,
And through Christ -- to Him -- we have an open door.
This love of God is beyond descriptive words,
But into obedient hearts by it man may yet be stirred.
The love manifest by Jesus Christ,
Is described by His actions and tremendous price.
The love of God, may it we ever find,
Among the worldly mind thinking of mankind.
J.H. Blackman, Jr.
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