Romans 12:9 “ Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”
Godly love is sacrificial, unconditional, sincere, grounded in scriptural truth
Sometimes Godly love comes in the form of accountability or rebuke because it has in mind the best for its object. That “best” must be grounded in scripture, hence the accountability when one is falling away from scriptural commands.
God is the source of all love
1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
God is love because of his plurality of personhood. From eternity past the three persons of the trinity have love each other perfectly, and as Christians we get to share in that same love. (John 17)
1 John 4:9-10 “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
If God is the source of love, then we must derive our definition of love from God’s Word.
Purity is the nature of love
Because God is the fountainhead of love, and since his nature is pure, it follows that the nature of love is pure as well.
We are to find sin revolting and we are to hate it with a passion
True love is sanctifying, seeking out and destroying our indwelling sin.
Righteousness is the objective of love
It causes us to cling to what is good; God
True love spurs us to become more and more like the one who is lovely.
God provides for us through The Spirit what is necessary for spiritual maturity and Christlikeness
The Expression of Godly Love
Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
In our families we must practice forgiveness, forbearance and reconciliation and thereby we learn how best to honor one another. How much more true is that for our Church Family?
How do we do it? By the mercies of God
Philippians 2:1-8 “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”