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Covered in Love - Part II (13 of 16)
Series: Covered in Dust
1 Peter 1:22-23, 2:1
If there was ONE quality that would prove that you are a follower of Christ, what would it be?
The ability to perform miracles?
The ability to predict the future?
To sacrifice yourself for someone?
What do you think Jesus would say?
Well, fortunately for us, we know what He said.
Right after Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, look what He tells them:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
The Apostle Paul also highlighted the quality of love over all the more "impressive" things I mentioned earlier when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13,
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
When the Apostle Paul shares in Galatians 5 what the manifestations are of someone continually abiding in Christ and being controlled by the Spirit, the first quality he mentions is "love".
Because we are to be covered in the dust of our rabbi, Jesus, we are to love as He loved; as He says in the passage we just read, "as I have loved you".
How did Jesus love?
Sacrificially; unconditionally; laying down his life.
That's what this word "love" means.
Again, love is a verb, not a feeling.
Here is a great definition of this kind of love:
An unconditional commitment to an imperfect person in which I give myself to bring the relationship to God's intended purpose.
-Michael J. Wilkins
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