Wednesday, September 15, 2010
NOTE: this little snippet from T. Austin-Sparks’ teachings is so important. This is what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today. Real love, genuine love, love without limits, is required of us who are in Christ. I have taken liberty to title this, and edit just a bit for clarity.
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.
Love each other with genuine affection,
and take delight in honoring each other.”
"He loved them unto the uttermost."
And I think in that statement, there is the most wonderful thing that ever came into this world.
Jesus had had a lot of trouble with his chosen men, his disciples. They had often misunderstood Him. They had often disappointed Him. They were really a very poor lot of men... He knew what a poor lot of men they were, but He loved them unto the uttermost.
That is the first thing about this love. It is not offended by our failures. He does not withdraw His love because we make mistakes. We may often disappoint Him, we may often fail Him, we may often grieve His heart, but He goes on loving us. He loves us unto the uttermost, right to the end. He is not offended by our failures.
That is a very different kind of love from our love. This is God's love in Christ...
You know, it is so easy to talk about love, to pretend to love, to use the language of love, to sing hymns about love, and it can all be sentimental; perhaps we all know people who have told us that they love us, but very often they are the very people who have hurt us most.
Now, the love of Jesus was not sentimental, it was practical. He did not go in with His disciples and say, 'Brothers, I do love you very much.' He showed that He loved them by what He did for them.
It was not sentimental love, it was practical love. And this is the love with which He loved them unto the uttermost...
These things which characterize the love of Christ for His own ought to characterize us in love for others. That is why the Holy Spirit has come. So that as He loved us to the uttermost, so ought we to love one another.
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