Beware of “love”, It does fail, even in the church…The root of rejecting God is a sandwich of Pride-Power-Arrogance. It is no different from satan being thrown out of the heavens for wanting to be God. He wanted the same power God has. When we want that same power (even unknowingly) and to remain in complete control, our subconscious reflex is to reject Christ. To reject Him, His Word, and His way. The first action is to eliminate sin, satan, and hell. If there is no sin, there is no satan, no hell; so no need for repentance or a savior. Eliminating Christ, eliminates accountability, conviction, and correction.
Without The True God, Jesus Christ, there is no accountability, but still a need for peace and love. Man then creates a worldly religion of service to a false god of false love (2 Timothy 3). Everything becomes admissible under the guides of “love.” Living under this false love, everything is admissible as long as it makes yourself and/or others happy. Christ’s love is serving God and serving others. Serving others through God is obedience to God, spreading the gospel, The Good News, making disciples of Christ and contending for the faith. Serving God is preaching and teaching The Truth, The Holy Word of The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is feeding the poor, healing the sick, caring for orphans and widows, etc…
Worldly love is serving satan by serving self. Seeking self fulfillment apart from Jesus of Nazareth is serving satan. This is a false love that seeks its own way while promoting peace and togetherness. Worldly love is always driven by pride arrogance and self-gratification. Worldly love easily tosses Christ’s love aside, it’s too constrictive, too rigid, and too much to answer to. This “love” is broad, tolerant, self-indulgent, and arrogantly peaceful. This false gospel of love, peace and joy is seducing spirits that are at war with The God Almighty of The Bible.
2 John 1
9 Whoever transgresses[d] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
This “love” has even crept into the church. Sin and false teaching is overlooked under the guides of “love”, acceptance and not offending anyone. Leaders and church members involved in known sin or indulging in false teaching are not confronted because they just need “love.” Apparently, this false definition of love is one that always feels good, is pleasing to the eyes and ears, always brings people together, and brings peace. Well those things can and do happen when operating in Christ’s love, but there is also another reaction that authentic Godly love provokes. The true anointing and power of God alludes us when we will not confront sin and/or false beliefs that have crept into the church among us. A little lie mixed in with truth, makes it no longer truth and left unchecked, the lie takes over.
God’s authentic love does not always provoke a warm fuzzy feeling. Many times The love of Christ will separate, divide, agitate, make angry, make enemies. Many times when you walk in the truth of Christ’s love you will be attacked, falsely accused, made an outcast, and persecuted. As a matter of fact, beware when everyone praises you.
Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Christ’s love requires Truth and His Truth, many times is not received favorably and/ or rejected. Christ was crucified and all the Apostles, but one killed in the name of True Love. They walked in The love of God spreading the gospel and loved not their lives even unto death. They spoke and defended God’s truth, risking their very lives. If you know Jesus you will walk in The authentic Love of Christ, living, teaching, and preaching The One True Gospel of Jesus Christ; no matter what comes.
1 John 1
The Test of Knowing Him
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Don’t be fooled by the world’s false love. If you follow Jesus and live by His Word, then like Jesus many will leave you, try to discredit you, attack you, plot against you, and persecute you. When these things start to happen, you may truly be walking in The Love of The One True God. Just like in the days of Christ, The truth is rejected more often than received.
Christ Brings Division
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Narrow is the gate that leads to salvation and broad is the way to destruction. Telling people the truth, of sin, satan, hell, death, Christ, death-burial-resurrection and salvation is true love. How can we call ourselves Christ followers, see someone living in the bondage of sin, false religion and not share the gospel; for fear of what they may think of us? Authentic love is knowing they may reject the truth, but telling them anyway. After that, it’s between them and God. We plant and water, but God gives the increase. Beware of the world’s false definition of God’s love, their “love” does fail. It is only His true love that has The power to set the captives free.
The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
The authentic love which is Christ’s love, It never fails.
The first characteristic of love in first Corinthians chapter 13 is suffering.
“4 Love suffers long and is kind” This text informs us that if we truly walk in Christ’s love we will suffer. It will not be all roses, daisies, cool whip, and fun. It is loving people as God has called us to love, walking in Holiness and truth. Do not let the enemy deceive you into believing God’s love will always feel nice and comfortable, whether you are on the giving end or receiving end. Therein lies the deception, so anytime we are confronted with His truth and we feel uncomfortable, the truth bringer is now accused of not walking in “love” and we cry offense. All because we secretly revile truth. The flesh does not like truth. The way the bible describes John The Baptist, I’m sure he would be accused of not “walking in love” in our modern times. He would be accused of “judging.” The accuser of the brethren, hard at work to intimidate the bringer of Christ’s truth to be quiet for fear of offending others. Do not be deceived, continue to walk boldly in the authentic love of Christ, speaking the truth, contending for the faith and trying every spirit to see if it be truly of God. (1 John 4:1)