Reading the title, you probably began singing the words, “Baby don’t hurt me.”
Globally, cultures are obsessed with defining the word.
Most of the history’s top selling songs are about it.
For example, Whitney Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You”.
Love is an elusive concept that culture tries to pin down; meanwhile, watering it down in the process.
I do not claim to be capable of fully and extensively explaining the ins and outs of love.
However, I do know that the Bible tells me all that I ever would need to know.
1 John 4:16-18 teaches,
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
God’s word tells the Christian that God is love.
We learn that within the Christian, God abides.
Therefore, if God is love and abides within the soul of Christians, true Christian love is a force exclusive to those within the Body of Christ.
It dismisses fear and edifies the blameless Christian in their high calling and position.
Saying this, there is such a thing as fleshly love (1 John 2:15-16). Knowing what love dwells inside of us is an important tool within the Christian’s spiritual toolkit.
The vilest of criminals and abusers are capable of a form of love or at least a cheap imitation.
Yet, Godly love has something different. It is pure, conducive of grace, and involves a desire to share in the love that Christ freely supplied when He laid His life down for us (Galatians 5:24).
Paul teaches that when we put on the new man (Colossians 3:10), love must be among high priority.
It is the “bond of perfectness” (Colossians 3:14).
A bond and sealant so tight to where no fear can be exhibited.
God’s love is unconditionally supplied and it operates through unmerited grace (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Access to His love and the wonderful benefits we preach, sing, and exemplify are only offered through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is love. God is love. The Holy Spirit is love.
Knowing true, pure love is only possible when we are in Christ.
And He abides in us.
We here at Enriching Grace hope that you found this message enriching!
“Let all your things be done with charity [love].” ~ 1 Corinthians 16:14