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"This new kind of love, part 1"

If you do a Google search on the word “love”, you’ll get all kinds of results from what the world thinks about the subject — most of what you’ll see will be “weird”, to say the least. Because to the world, they don’t have a clue to what real Love is (Because they are “in Adam” and real Love can only be discovered “in Christ”. Real Love has to be “God-encrypted” by Jesus Himself). Look at one of my favorite sayings from Jesus in John 17:3, as He was praying to the Father about you and me — “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Without eternal life inside of a person, they cannot know the truth about God or the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now that we are believers in Christ and have eternal life inside of us, one of the most treasured possessions that we are to receive, is the revelation of what real Love is — God Himself — that is revealed by Jesus Himself!

Look at what He prayed at the conclusion of this prayer in v.26 (WNT) — “and I made known to them your very self, and I will make you known still further, so that the love which you have shown to me may be felt in them, and I in union with them.” I don’t know about you, but that thrills me to no end! Just to know that Jesus has promised Himself to me in showing me the same Love that the Father showed Him, that I may feel it inside me just like He did! WOW!!!

This is what these series of lessons are about — showing you some great descriptions of this new kind of Love that’s inside of you, so that you may feel the warmth of His presence just as Jesus felt it when He walked this earth!

So let’s start by looking at another familiar, but misunderstood, portion of scripture from Jesus in Matt 22:37-40 — “(37) Jesus said to him, ‘You shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like it: ‘You shall Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (40) On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Most people, when they read this verse, say that this is our commandment today. But I want to draw your attention to who asked Jesus this question that’s seen in v.35-35 — “(35) one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, (36) ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’” A Pharisaical lawyer asked Jesus this question — one that was very knowledgeable of the law of Moses. Jesus answered this lawyer from the law, not from grace. Jesus summed the 10 Commandments into 2 DOABLE parts of real Love — loving God and loving others. These 2 great commandments summed up the keeping of the 10 Commandments. And if you notice, it was according to one’s own ability to do them (Seen in the words, “with all your...”, of v.37 and the words, “as yourself”, in v.40).

Jesus did however, give new commandments to those of us under the New Covenant of grace and it sounds a lot like what He said in Matt 22:37-40. Look at what He said in John 13:34-35 — “(34) A new commandment I give to you, that you Love one another; as I have Loved you, that you also Love one another. (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have Love for one another.” At first glance this may sound almost identical to what He said previously, because in both scriptures, the word “commandment” is used, but there is a “world” of difference. Both scriptures use the word “COMMANDMENT”, which imply that they are “orders”, but the commandments of Matt 22:37-40, are orders based on one’s obedience, but the commandment of John 13:34-35 are orders based on Jesus’ obedience (which I’ll show you in a minute). Another major difference between the 2 commandments of Matt 22 and John 13 is that God’s Love is now inside of you! When you were born-again, you were born of God and being born of God is being born of Love! This new kind of Love inside you is of God — for He is Love! Love is God’s DNA inside of you! This is why, under the New Covenant, unlike it was under the Old Covenant, one is never commanded to Love God. Loving God is “natural” for the believer, because it’s inbred in him — it’s his spiritual DNA from his Father. But loving others as He Loved you is not as natural to him, unless his mind is renewed to this new kind of love. Loving others is by grace — it’s loving them AS Jesus loved you, not as you love yourself!

The only people who really know how to Love are those who have been born of Love and have its DNA inside of them — that’s you!

this new kind of Love

I’m going to present to you some descriptions of this new kind of Love that God has put inside you, that when learned by the Spirit, you'll flow in loving others as He Loved you, and as a result, you’ll feel the warmth of His love even as Jesus felt it! There’s a couple of things that I want you to know from the get-go and that is I’ll present these descriptions in the form of quotes, as if, I’ll be citing it from the revelation of Jesus Christ (These are truths that I’ve learned from being taught by Jesus, see Eph 4:20-21). Just to let you know, all throughout this lesson, I have capitalize the first letter “L”, because it refers to God and who He is, 1 John 4:8 and 16! The amazing, life-changing reality of this is that the more acquainted you become with this new kind of Love that’s inside you, the more that God’s Love becomes a living force in your life!

This conquering force of Love inside of you, causes the wheel of victory to endlessly roll in your life!

1) “Love is the primary reason for living life as a believer.” See, it’s when Love becomes distant from one’s thinking, the reason and purpose of one’s life eventually fades, leading one to just “go through the motions” in serving the Lord. Look at this amazing verse in 1 John 3:16, which shows you exactly what I mean — “By this we know Love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Please don’t skip over that important word in that verse — the word, “OUGHT”. That word is used to indicate what is morally correct as one’s responsible behavior. The more that one understands the unconditional Love of the Father, that was perfectly seen in Jesus laying down His life, the more that he’ll lay down his life for others! This gives his life meaning and purpose and moreover, brings vitality and energy to his daily life — even to where, when he opens his eyes first thing in the morning, instead of saying “Good Lord, it’s morning!”, he’ll say “Good morning Lord!”!

2) “Love is a spiritual force that supersedes one’s natural reason.” Real love is above one’s reason. It’s doesn’t become in his “reason realm”, until his mind is renewed. Love is God revealing Himself to someone and because it is, the natural man cannot fathom it, see 1 cor 2:14 (God has reserved this specialized revelation for His children)! Look at what Paul prayed in Eph 3:17 and 19 — (17) that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in Love… (19) to know the Love of Christ which (Love) passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” There’s no doubt about it, real Love passes natural knowledge! When someone steps out of the realm of Love by stepping into the realm of his 5 senses (taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound), it’s impossible for him to know God’s will for his life, because it’s revealed to him by His Love. He then, spends his time in the “figure-zone” and the “guess-zone”. Knowing real Love is knowing God and His will!

I want to share these encouraging words from the Lord.

“Know that the revelation of My unconditional love will always bring cleansing to your mind, says the Lord. For even as negative thoughts try to penetrate your thinking, My sincere and overpowering love will free you from these thoughts.”

3) “Love is God in action.” True, genuine Love has action. As we know very well from John 3:16, God so Loved that He gave. In other words, God so Loved that He acted by sending His son, the second Adam. Jesus so Loved that He acted by laying down His life for us. Letting Love loose in you then, means letting God in His full expression loose in you. This is called, “grace”. Grace is when God’s Love “goes to bat for you”! His grace is endless and has no limitations! Notice how Paul declared this in reference to himself in 1 Cor 15:10 — “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” Notice how grace was Love’s ability at work in Paul — it wasn’t his own efforts in trying to “git-r-done”, but it was Love’s inspiration and motivation that drove him forward in all that he did! I recently saw an American football game, where Drew Brees made the NFL record for the most passing yards. In celebrating with his family on the sideline, he gave the inspirational message to his boys, “You can accomplish anything in life if you are willing to work for it.” Not to make light of his inspirational message because that is so true for Sports and life in general, but my point is that religion has this same message for your life in growing spiritually,“You can accomplish anything in your life if you are willing to work for it.” But grace — Love’s ability — says to you and I, “Let me do you a favor and get it done for you.” Truly, grace gives you the freedom of “sweatless victory”!

4) “When Love governs one’s life, he will say or do nothing that injures others.” One of the biggest obstacles that I have observed over the years to one’s spiritual growth in Christ is believers injuring others by their words and/or actions (You know, in offending them). It’s easy to tell one another at church and other forms of fellowship that you love them, but what about outside of that environment, where it really counts, see what John also said about this in 1 John 3:18? It’s like the guy who was offended at another driver, who seemed to cut him off from his lane and kept driving forward. Who, as a result of this, drove fast to catch up to this driver, with his middle finger raised at them, until he saw that it was a person who goes to his church. Then he quickly, raises his other fingers in the form of a wave. This kind of 2-faced behavior has to stop.

Look at this verse from Paul in Rom 13:8 and 10 — “(8) Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law... (10) Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Notice the phrase that’s found in both of those verses, “Love is the fulfillment of the law” (This is what Jesus also cited in Matt 22:39, as we saw above, as one of the “GREATEST commandments” of the law). Why is this phrase so important for you and me that live under the New Covenant of grace? I’ll give you 2 main reasons why this is repeated a couple of times by Paul in the New Testament (Here and again in Gal 5:14). Firstly, this law that required your human effort in loving others, which is taken from Leviticus 19:18, has been fulfilled by what Jesus has already done for you (This means that this new kind of Love in loving others doesn’t require your effort anymore — it’s what I call a “grace-flow” as you believe in Christ). Secondly, if people under the Old Covenant of law had this same kind of Love inside them in loving others that you now have, they could have possibly fulfilled the law (This means that this new kind of Love inside of you is the fulfillment of God’s eternal will, see Rom 8:4!) This is why Jesus said that your greatest witness to this world is seen by you loving others — not as you love yourself, but loving them as He loved you, see John 13:34-35!

Look at this amazing verse from Paul in Gal 5:1 — “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” To stand fast in something means to maintain one's position firmly in it. Your position is in Christ, so your to firmly stand in it. There are many believers who think that they have, somehow, lost their position in Christ — but that’s an impossibility because God has already done the work in you (One cannot become “unborn”, once he’s born). How then, does one firmly stand in his position in Christ? It’ Paul’s famous teaching of “Walking in the Spirit”, having its fruit developed in one’s life. But I want you to notice that sandwiched between this great teaching is a verse that reads — “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” There the quote is again. This new kind of Love that’s inside of you is the link to your spiritual growth in Christ in walking in the Spirit and developing its fruit in your life!     -    13120 Three Rivers Road Apt 3004  

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